Man Tries to Track Down People Spray-Painting his Dog

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Jay Filter is Balto’s human dad, and is trying to track down the person or people responsible for spray-painting him when Balto decided to take a wander about the neighborhood.

This has happened to Balto not once, but twice now, and Filter is tired of it.  Sometimes Balto escapes the backyard of his home in Weare, New Hampshire.

“He does well in the neighborhood,” said Filter.  “This is a dog neighborhood.  Most people in the neighborhood have dogs.”

Even Balto’s neighbors are coming to his side in the matter.  Christine Lover said she has never seen Balto do anything bad.

“He doesn’t do anything destructive to anybody or anybody’s property,” said Lover.  “My three dogs will run out there and just go after him, and he just sits there calm as a cucumber.”

Apparently, Balto has found someone that is definitely not a dog lover.  This first happened to him last spring.  He came home with a pink tail, and later returned again with more paint on him.  This time with a green streak up his back.

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At first, Filter didn’t contact authorities.  However, now that this has happened again, Filter has had enough, and is out to find out who is doing this to Balto.  He has contacted authorities, and is actively searching for answers.  He knows that there is a leash law in Weare, and understands that he and Balto are sometimes in violation of it.

“I just don’t want anybody doing it to the dog anymore,” Filter said.  “If they have a problem with me or my dog being loose, call the authorities, call me, call animal patrol.  It’s not something you do to a poor dog.”

Police advise that if the person doing this to Balto is caught, they may face animal cruelty charges.

“Huskies have three coats of fur on them, and that helps them out with their body temperature, so if you start coating that with something it becomes a problem,” said Filter.  “If it was in the summer, it probably seriously would be a problem.”

Police are asking anyone with information to please come forward.

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0 thoughts on “Man Tries to Track Down People Spray-Painting his Dog”

  1. There is no excuse for this kind of cruelty, but I do tend to agree with an earlier comment, about the dog roaming the neighborhood. As owners, it’s our responsibility to keep our pets safe.

  2. As responsible dog owners it’s our job to protect our dogs from idiots. Keep the dog at home where it belongs and dog would not have been spray painted. Next time some idiot may do something more dangerous to actually hurt dog and/or dog gets hit by car. Not that spray painting dog or hurting dog is okay and person/s responsible should be held accountable.

  3. There is no “leash law” for humans, Greg, although sometimes I wish there would be for some types… This is not okay at all and it has happened before. However, it is up to dog parents to keep the dog safe: fenced yard and leash.

  4. That’s horrible… I just saved a lost dog last week.. I ended up walking her home… Not Spray painting her.. How evil

    • This dog wasn’t “lost”. It’s allowed to roam the neighborhood in violation of leash laws. Who knows what he does while out. Chased the painter’s cats? Dug up the garden? Painter is highly allergic to dogs and used paint as a non-lethal way to drive the dog away?

      If the OWNER obeyed the LAW and kept his dog on his own property, where he belongs and would be safe, none of this would have happened. I’d say the owner is the neglectful and abusive one!

  5. There Seem to be a lot of ignorant (for lack of a better word) people who seem to be amused by abusing animals in this world… Myself I have a 2 year old American bulldog who someone decided it was a good idea to spray with a water gun full of urine while my son was walking him… Unfortunately I could not find these people… Very ignorant people.


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