BELMONT, Ohio (WTOV) — Pete Byers says he was preparing to take his dogs and his tools on a work trip to Pittsburgh when his two beloved companions, Bella and Emmy, disappeared.
“I turned around to lock that gate. I turned around my dogs were gone,” Byers said. “And it’s the opening day of gun season so I’m like dying inside. I’m scared to death.”
Byers says an hours-long search near his Belmont County, Ohio home began.
He enlisted the help of friends and neighbors and used four-wheelers, all the while calling for his pets.
Byers says hunters reported hearing shots and a dog yelp, and eventually a trail of tracks allegedly led to Michael Chedester’s tree stand some 800 yards away.
“I asked him, did you kill my dogs man, I want to know so I can bury them. Meanwhile he keeps eyeing this new brush pile. That’s new and fresh,” Byers said. “Then he kind of looks down his nose at me and says ‘yeah, I killed your dogs. You want me to buy you two new ones? I’ll buy you two new dogs.”
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