As tragic as it is to lose a dog this way and as wrong as it was of the shooter to shoot at something that he couldn't see clearly, I find it interesting that everyone wants to hang the guy. I guess no one here has ever had a lapse in judgement and acted upon an impulse. To say that he could not have thought that it was a coyote because the owner was fifty yards behind the dog doesn't make sense. If he couldn't see the dog clearly, he certainly couldn't see the owner fifty yards away. I'm not defending the shooter's actions, rather pointing out the 'hang em high' attitude of those not involved. I believe that he should have a healthy restitution to the owner and pay a fine for shooting from the road, equal to that of what it would be for anyone who shot from the road.