Reward offered for information on shot dog

By Beth A. Birmingham | Nov 09, 2017
Courtesy of: Amy Joy Peppermint Patty, a rescue dog from Arkansas, was killed Oct. 31 on a walking path in Thomaston. Her owners, Ed and Amy Joy, are offering a reward for information on the incident.

Thomaston — With no new information forthcoming, the owners of the border collie that was killed by an arrow last week in Thomaston are offering a reward.

Warren residents Ed and Amy Joy are offering $3,000 for verified information leading to the person or persons responsible for killing their dog, Peppermint, with a bow and arrow on a walking path near the Thomaston Dog Park Oct. 31.

According to Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe, as of Nov. 9 no new information had been uncovered regarding the incident.

"We have had wonderful support from the community," Amy said, adding, "the word was spread far and wide and if the shooter is ever to come forward, there is a chance he will have seen these articles."

A local veterinarian verified the dog had been shot with an arrow, although the projectile was not found at the scene -- on a wooded trail, which is two tenths of a mile from the dog park.

The 5-and-a-half-year-old rescue dog from Arkansas was walking along the trail with another dog and a friend of Amy's when the dogs went ahead and only one came back. She was found laying lifeless under a tree, with a wound clean through her chest.

"It could have been an accident, but appears to more likely to be a deliberately cruel act," Amy said.

According to a map on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife's website, the area where the incident took place is part of the expanded archery hunting area. Normal bow-and-arrow hunting for the state was Sept. 28 through Oct. 27; however, the expanded timeframe -- in designated areas only -- is Sept. 9 through Dec. 9.

"She was the sweetest dog, loved to play, loved doing agility, got along with many people and dogs alike. She was also the most faithful friend, and she was my best therapy," Amy added.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the police department at 354-2511.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Comments (3)
Posted by: Janet Ruth Dearborn | Nov 10, 2017 16:14

Ms. Martin please refer to the first article on Peppermint which was published on November 1, 2017. This gives a narrative of the shooting of my cat Harry on August 1, 2017. It's self-explanatory and you may reach your own conclusions. No, neither of these incidents were accidents.


I know the horror the Joys experienced the day of the shooting, but Harry was maimed and survived. My heart is just breaking for them, everyone who has ever loved an animal knows exactly how they feel. You feel helpless and you want justice, something done to dampen the pain. I can't believe they were asked to bring their dog back to Thomaston, then to their vet hoping their actions would lead to an arrest.


Then to know the shooter had to remove the arrow to cover his tracks is insidious. I'm completely disillusioned with what constitutes an investigation by the police in Thomaston. You don't have to license guns in the State of Maine but you do need a hunting license, I hope this was the first data looked at by the Game Warden. It's common knowledge that invariably all sociopathic killers start their careers with animal cruelty. And, now, a reward is being offered for someone with knowledge of this crime to come forward and "do the right thing".  Remember when people had consciences?


Life is hard these days. How could a walk at the dog park turn into nightmare? When Harry was shot it was 8:30 AM on a beautiful Sunday morning, I was having coffee on my deck with my cats. How can you process having your pet shot in your own backyard? I understand how a dog becomes a social companion, meeting people, making friends and all the grateful unconditional love Peppermint provided to the Joys. Their loss is more than profound.


I believe there is a special place in hell for people like this. There is also something wrong when all animal owners must be constantly vigilant because who knows who these people are, so very few are ever caught and brought to justice.






Posted by: Carole Martin | Nov 10, 2017 02:50

Thomaston has had two publicly reported pet mutilation recently; this and the orange cat that lost a leg due to bb gun shrapnel. Neither is an accident.  Both are haunting me - I'm sure others feel the same.

Come forward, people. Animal abusers don't do it once and stop. It often escalates to children or other animals . Keep your dogs on leashes and your cats inside until this person or people are apprehended .

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Nov 09, 2017 16:23

It is not only sad a family pet died needlessly, it is sad that a reward has to be offered in order for someone to come forward. I know how I would feel had it been one of my dogs. I am sorry for the Joys and their precious pet.

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