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Family dog shot in yard

Ramses, a black Labrador retriever, was killed after he was shot in Colleen Wells yard southwest of Cass Lake.

Colleen Wells has a story that sounds a bit familiar.

One evening last week, she and her housemate took their three dogs for a walk around their property they live on, about three miles southwest of Cass Lake.

After she went indoors, her housemate spent time cutting wood before going inside.

About 10 minutes later they heard a shotgun blast.

Their dogs came running toward the house. A black Labrador retriever, Ramses, was spewing blood.

Wells said the Nov. 2 incident prompted her to take Ramses to the veterinarian, where the dog survived most of the night before dying.

Ramses, rescued from a shelter about four years ago, was "a big friendly dog," Wells said.

"He was just a sweetheart. I'm just devastated... He was so lovable."

The vet pulled two buck shot out of Ramses and Wells reported the shooting to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office.

And when a deputy later showed up to tell her another family's dogs were shot, Wells said she wasn't surprised. On Monday, Corey Lindgren reported the dogs belonging to him and his roommate were shot in his front yard, just a few miles south of Wells' home.

"I'm concerned about other people in the area," Wells said. "I'm worried about kids being in the front yard. They are shooting right at peoples' homes."

Like the Lindgrens, Wells also is offering a reward. The Lindgrens have offered a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Frank and Dozer. Wells is offering $500 for Ramses' killer.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office at (218) 732-3331.

The sheriff's office said Wednesday it needs tips from the public to help solve the cases, which could lead to multiple charges like reckless discharge of a firearm, criminal damage to property or cruelty to animals.