Kristi Noem defends shooting her dog

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) doubled down after revealing in her new book that she had shot and killed her own dog, with her latest comments sparking a second wave of backlash.

“I can understand why some people are upset about a 20-year-old story about Cricket,” she says wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on Sundays. “The book is full of many honest stories about my life, good and bad days, challenges, painful decisions and lessons learned.”

She argued that under South Dakota law, dogs that attack and kill livestock can be put down.

“Since Cricket was showing aggressive behavior towards people by biting them, I decided what to do,” she said. “Whether running the ranch or working in politics, I have never handed over my responsibilities to anyone else. Even though it is difficult and painful. I followed the law and was a responsible parent, dog owner and neighbor.”

“As I explained in the book, it wasn't easy. But often the easy way is not the right way,” she added.

In her new book, “No Going Back: The Truth on What's Wrong With Politics and How We Move America Forward,” Noem recalls the shooting of a 14-month-old wirehaired pointer on her ranch, the Guardian reported Friday after obtaining an advance copy.

Noem, a contender to become former President Donald Trump's running mate, said she “hated” Cricket and described the pup as “untrainable,” “dangerous” and “less than worthless… as a hunting dog.”

She said she shot the animal in a gravel pit.

“It was not a pleasant job,” she wrote. “But it had to be done.”

She faced fierce criticism over the shocking anecdote last weekend.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, shared a photo of his dog enjoying a treat on Saturday, subtitled, “Post a photo with your dog without shooting him and throwing him in a gravel pit. I'll start.”

“In New York we love our puppies,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) tweeted.

Sunday's failure to apologize only seemed to fan the flames.

“If you can't express genuine remorse about blowing out a puppy's brains, you should just be grateful that the statute of limitations has run out and keep your mouth shut,” says conservative lawyer George Conway. Posted.

Conservative commentator Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said Noem's story is “something out of a horror movie.”

“My family has a ranch outside of Sedona – no one has ever shot a dog for any reason. This is not a 'rural/ranch' thing,” she wrote.

See some of the other comments below.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the dog was 14 years old. The dog was 14 months old.

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