By Cindy Hval
The shot rang out at 8:45 in the morning on Oct. 25 as Collette Bise fed her animals.
The Bise family owns a small farm in Newman Lake, and though the land along McCoy Road is privately owned and liberally posted with No Hunting and No Trespassing signs, gunshots are a familiar sound. “There’s shots continually out here,” Bise said.
But this shot worried her. Tibby, the family dog, was off her chain and nowhere in sight. Bise paused in her work and heard her dog yelp. “I heard a second shot and she yelped even louder. Then a third shot. After that – silence. I thought, ‘Oh my god, someone just killed my dog.’ ”
Stunned and sickened, she heard a neighbor yelling, “Get off my property!”
Bise walked over to her neighbor’s place. He told her he’d heard the shots and yelled, heard someone shout a reply – then nothing.
“I walked up and down the road looking for my dog,” she said. “But I was afraid to go too deep into the woods. I spent three hours looking for her and when I couldn’t find her, I knew she was dead.”
When her husband, Troy Bise, came home from work that afternoon he went looking for Tibby. He found her on their neighbor’s property lying in a pool of blood, and he found something else – a freshly killed fawn just a few yards away.
He’s still shaken by the memory. “My wife or kids could have gone after the dog,” he said. “What if some idiot was hiding in the weeds, shooting at anything that moved?” More....