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Frank, a Boxer, was one of two dogs killed by gunshots Monday at Corey Lindgren's home near Cass Lake. Submitted Photo

Deputy: Man confesses to shooting dogs

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Deputy: Man confesses to shooting dogs
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A man suspected of killing two dogs in the Cass Lake area has been identified and could be charged next week, a Hubbard County sheriff's deputy said Friday.

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Deputy Bill Schlag said he identified a suspect on Thursday night and talked to the man, who confessed to shooting dogs Monday.

Schlag notified Corey Lindgren on Thursday night about the confession and told the Pioneer that a criminal report has been forwarded to Hubbard County prosecutors to consider charges.

Lindgren owned Frank, a Boxer, and also was looking after Dozer, a chocolate Labrador retriever, when they were shot in his yard Monday. A few miles away, Colleen Wells' dog, Ramses, was shot Nov. 2.

It's unclear whether that shooting has been solved. Despite the proximity of the shootings, Wells reported the killing to the sheriff's office in Cass County, where she lives.

"The dog owners seem to be very happy it's been solved," Schlag said Friday.

The deputy declined to provide more details about the suspect but said the man lived near Cass Lake.

"I'm glad he didn't tell me who it was," Lindgren said Friday evening. "I probably would be the one in jail... I'm still upset about my dogs."

Lindgren said he hopes the exposure of the incident and the subsequent follow up by sheriff's officials will discourage anyone thinking of shooting another person's animal.

"Nobody deserves to have their dog shot," he said. "It makes me happy law enforcement does their job and they do a good job at it."

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and swagner@gfherald.com. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several newsroom roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and cops/court reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His experience includes extensive reporting related to Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with projects about immigration, the fatal 2002 train derailment in Minot, N.D., and the 20th anniversary of Gordon Kahl's massacre of U.S. marshals. Wagner also worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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