Mercer County rancher shoots family's dog for chasing cattle

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Dogs are man's best friends, but sometimes they get out and cause major trouble. ​

Taimyra Just and her family moved to Beulah a few weeks ago. Last week, when her dogs got out of the garage and one didn't come back, she feared the worst.

"I was sad because I literally raised her since she was a baby puppy. I bottle fed her. I taught her all her tricks. She's so smart and I never thought I'd lose her so soon. Like, we thought we'd have her forever," said Just.

Normally their doggy door is blocked, but the dogs wanted to get out, so they found a way to move the boxes in front of it and took off about a mile or two up the road.

"We looked for her, even if it was just her body. I just wanted to make sure I had some closure," said Just.

Several days later, some great news. A neighbor found the one-and-a-half year old Sheeba still alive.

"The cops came to our house and told us that she was alive, I couldn't have been happier. I was just like, that's my baby. I am so happy that she's home. My husband picked her up and he was carrying her and she was so happy to be home," said Just.

Sheeba wasn't out of the woods yet. She'd been shot in the neck, shoulder and back by the owner of some cattle she'd been chasing.

"I was really mad. It just made me feel sick. I was just like, 'why would you even do that?' I was like, I understand that my dogs were chasing your cattle, but there's other ways to go about it," says Just.

In North Dakota, it is legal to shoot dogs that are chasing cattle, but Just says it was unnecessary to shoot Sheeba three times.

Now, Sheeba is out of surgery and home safe, and the Just family can start their new lives in their new community.

I reached out to the owner of the cattle but she declined to comment, instead referring me to the Mercer County Sheriff's Department.

The Justs have set up a Crowdrise page to help cover Sheeba's expenses. If you'd like to donate, you can go to the page,

You can also drop off donations at Doll's Studios in Mandan.