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An Estill County man identified as 59 year old Charles Collins is behind bars in connection with the shooting of hunter the search dog dog used by the Estill county rescue. Hunter was found dead of a gunshot wound in a ditch along Redlick rd. & Kissy branch rd. Collins is lodged at the three forks jail on charges of assault on a service animal and animal cruelty.
The lost search dog in Redlick Rd. & Kissy Branch Rd area has been found, shot in a ditch down the road from his home. An empty shotgun case was found in the area, as well as blood. Neighbors had reported hearing gunshots around the time Hunter went missing, however he was not located until this afternoon.
Hunter was a full blooded blood hound, registered, and a service dog used by the Estill County Rescue Squad to locate missing people.
We spoke to Hunter’s owner, who told us how important he was to his family as well as the rescue squad.
At the moment, no charges have been filed in connection with the bloodhound’s death. Hunter had been let out last night and had never returned.