Family pet dies from gunshot wound

The Coverchuk family lost one of their pets recently when their three-year-old chocolate lab, Bentley, was shot in the chest by an unknown individual. Here, Kayle and Wyatt Coverchuk pet, Lincoln, the family’s other dog who was also shot, but in the leg and survived.

The Coverchuk family lost one of their pets recently when their three-year-old chocolate lab, Bentley, was shot in the chest by an unknown individual. Here, Kayle and Wyatt Coverchuk pet, Lincoln, the family’s other dog who was also shot, but in the leg and survived.

by Derek Cornet

Marty Coverchuk – who lives 15 kilometres southwest of Meadow Lake – became concerned about his family’s dogs the moment he returned home Sept. 9.

At about 7:30 p.m., Coverchuk arrived home from work, but his dogs failed to greet him as he stepped out of his truck. Bentley, a three-year-old chocolate lab, and Lincoln, a one-year-old chesapeake, were nowhere to be seen. Coverchuk began calling and whistling for the dogs and soon heard a sound coming from the dog house.

“I heard a grunting and growling sound and when I ran up to Bentley he was covered in blood,” he said.
Coverchuk began searching for Lincoln near the house and, by the time he returned, his wife, Bobbi Coverchuk, had arrived to care for Bentley. They found their other dog under the deck and Coverchuk had to crawl underneath to pull Lincoln out.

“I knew he was injured, but I didn’t know what was wrong with him,” he said. “When I went under to get him out, it was like he was scared to death.”

Coverchuk loaded the dogs into his truck and transported them to LaBrash Veterinary Clinic in Meadow Lake. While he thought the dogs had been in a confrontation with a bear, it was revealed through x-rays that both had been shot. Bentley was wounded in his chest and had a bullet resting near his lung while Lincoln had been shot in the leg.

Bentley was put on intravenous therapy for the night and Dr. Ed LaBrash performed surgery the following morning. Coverchuk said there was too much damage and Bentley died soon after. Lincoln, however, went home the previous night.

The incident has left the family shaken. Bobbi Coverchuk said she never wanted to live in a rural area without dogs and for someone to target them is scary.

“We had Bentley the longest,” she said. “We got him shortly after we moved out here.”

Bobbi Coverchuk reported the shootings to the Meadow Lake RCMP and the family is offering a reward for information for those responsible. The Coverchuks don’t know who would go after their pets in this manner and noted the dogs are not aggressive and wouldn’t have attacked anyone.

“We don’t know what time it happened, but it couldn’t have been too long before we got home because there wasn’t a lot of blood,” Bobbi Coverchuk said.

The incident, however, isn’t isolated. Two days prior, Barry and Gloria Dyck – who live less than a kilometre away – discovered their cat was shot through the leg. Barry Dyck said his family has lived in the area for almost 20 years and this was the first time any pets had been shot. Dyck’s cat survived, so he decided not to file a police report.

“I think it’s just kids who were driving around and didn’t have anything better to do – maybe they were drinking,” he said. “But, who knows?”

Dyck said many people use the area as an access point to get past the fire guard while others use trails in the area for quading and there is also a considerable amount of hunting action. Dyck also doesn’t know who would do such a thing, and noted everyone who lives in the area watch out for each other.

“We all get along out here,” he said. “There are no quarrels between anyone, but then all of a sudden this happens.”

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One Response to “Family pet dies from gunshot wound”
  1. Tammy says:

    This is so sad! The same thing happened to our dogs a few years back in the Neeb area. Some people can be so heartless. Our mother dog was never found, but her pup came home with a gunshot wound. We heard from neighbours what supposedly happened, but no confession was ever made. I sure hope you find the culprits responsible for this!

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