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Lakeville man charged in shooting death of golden retriever

Krissy Dashner

A Lakeville man was charged Thursday with shooting and killing a golden retriever puppy that wandered onto his property over the weekend, according to the Lakeville Police Department.

Mark J. Vasseur is facing charges of malicious killing or injury of a domesticated animal, the department said in a statement posted to Facebook.

Vasseur, 62, will be arraigned in Wareham District Court, but a date for the arraignment has not been set, police said.

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On Oct. 8, around 6 p.m., police responded to Vasseur’s home on Susan Lane after he called police and stated that he had shot a dog on his property. Vasseur allegedly told police that the dog — later identified by its owners as Walle — was “trying to get at his chickens” and attacked him, officials said.

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Krissy Dashner, Walle’s owner, told the Globe this week that Walle and her other dog, a German shepherd named Zeke, got out of her yard around 5 p.m. Sunday. She searched for the dogs for an hour along with her husband, Pat Bates.

Around 6 p.m. she said, the couple heard gunshots. Dashner’s heart sank, she said. Soon after, Zeke returned to her property without Walle in tow. She said the golden retriever was shot by Vasseur, her neighbor.

“Walle was lovable, a goofball, always smiling,” Dashner said. “He was totally harmless.”

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear. Emily Sweeney of the Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent Martha Schick contributed to this report.