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Animal cruelty charges for Minn. hunter who shot 2 dogs

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    Deer hunters shoot 2 family dogs near Braham

    Tuesday, November 19 2013 12:28 AM EST2013-11-19 05:28:01 GMT
    A trio of pet lovers in Braham is dealing with the sudden loss of their two dogs, both of whom were shot to death by deer hunters over the weekend -- and it may not have been an accident.
    A trio of pet lovers in Braham is dealing with the sudden loss of their two dogs, both of whom were shot to death by deer hunters over the weekend -- and it may not have been an accident.
BRAHAM, Minn. (KMSP) -

A Cambridge, Minn., woman has been charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty for shooting two dogs while deer hunting near Braham, Minn., last month.

Teresa Ann Kranz, 49, told an Isanti County deputy that she was deer hunting on the morning of Nov. 16 when she heard what sounded like a deer crashing through the swamp. She watched as a black dog came onto the trail, wearing an orange collar and sniffing the area. She watched it for awhile and then shot at the hill to scare it away. 

The dog ran away but returned 30 seconds later with another dog. Kranz told investigators she saw both dogs wearing blaze orange collars and assumed they were hunting dogs; however, she said she did not want them chasing deer on private property.

Kranz admitted to shooting one of the dogs in the head from her deer stand, killing it. She then shot the second dog in the leg before climbing down from her deer stand and shooting it a second time in the chest, killing it as well. Kranz also admitted she did not witness either dog chase a deer.

"I can't put it into words," Nikki Ostrom told Fox 9 News. "She was everything to us -- our farm dog."

Ostrom's treasured Australian Shepherd-Labrador mix, named Maggie, was one of the dogs shot by Kranz.

"She was taken away by one stupid incident that never should have been, never should have happened," Ostrom said.

Maggie was out running with its mother, a black Labrador retriever named Daisy, when they heard two shots. Nikki and John Ostrom say they could hear the dogs yelping, and with deer hunters out and about, John knew it wasn't good.

A close friend of the Ostroms, Tim Yotter, owned the lab. He and John Ostrom followed the fresh tracks to confront the hunters at a nearby home. The hunters allegedly had the dead dogs, and the owners wanted their pets and an explanation.

"I asked for the dogs back," Yotter said. "Finally, they had said, 'They are dead. Why do you want them back? They are dead.'"

Yotter explained they wanted to bring their dogs home for burial, and eventually were given the bodies of their bloodied pets.

"It's people like this who give deer hunters bad names," Yotter said.

Kranz told the investigating deputy that she is the ex-wife of a member of the Isanti County sheriff's office. The case was charged in Chisago County to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

Each animal cruelty charge carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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