Combat dog who earned Bronze Stars in Iraq shot and killed in Wyoming

by  |  published on October 17, 2015

A bomb-sniffing combat dog named Mike survived two tours of duty in Iraq but not the streets of a bucolic little town in Wyoming.

The 9-year-old Belgian Malinois was shot and killed in Powell last Saturday by a bicyclist who said he was attacked, leaving Mike’s devastated owner Matthew Bessler, a retired Army Ranger, wondering how he is going to deal with his combat-related injuries alone.

“I raised him as a puppy, and the ability he has to sense some of the issues that I have with seizures, with my PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), my TBI (traumatic brain injury) and severe anxiety disorders, how he can calm me down just by being in my presence,” Besseler told the Billings Gazette Friday. “He can help take the focus and help change the focus of what’s going on with me and help me calm down or relax me.”

  • donemyhomework

    Dog jihad.

  • Lindy

    This may be cruel to some but the man who took the life of this dog should be tortured slowly and then put to death.

  • Charity Blake

    Can’t afford a car but he has gun/ammo? Priorities. Why was the dog running loose?

  • Toschano

    I only can hope that there is an investigation involved…the bicyclist’s story doesn’t hold water if what his owner says, that he was shot from the rear, is true.

  • Denise ogrady

    That pussy jerk needs to be prosecuted!

  • hbcark

    Hmm. A bicyclist with a gun. This was probably a premeditated act.

  • Penny Fuentes

    Known fact Belgian Malinois don’t attack at will. They are one of the best dogs you could possibly have as a pet.

  • Smitch

    What is the Jerk-off name and phone number?

  • jerry

    As a motorcyclist who’s been attacked by dogs running free. I can understand the shooting.
    On a motorcycle I can out run the dogs, but bicyclist doesn’t have that option.
    I’m going to have to put 50% of the blame on the dogs owner; for letting the dog run free, without proper supervision.

    • edorr1atcoxdotnet

      I’m with you on the dogs running loose and chasing people on bicyclists, back many years ago I had a little dog (don’t remember breed) that nipped me on heel as I was riding, I kicked back at it and nearly lost control of my bicycle.

    • Debra

      Bomb dogs are not aggressive. They do NOT attack. They are bred, born and trained to be docile because nothing ruins a good dog faster than the explosion associated with attacking a bomb.

    • josebear5

      Don’t be stupid the bicyclist shot the dog on purpose. he shot the dog in the rear.

  • That cowardly bicyclist needs to have his butt royally kicked then be arrested for the murder of a War Hero, just like if it was a Police Dog! Put the scumbag in jail and charge him with Murder!

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