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Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Letter writer: Labs should be destroyed

Dawn Nanz has two big dogs to keep her company: Sid, a 7-year-old lab mix and Hailey, a 5-year-old black lab.

"I like them barking and being here for protection," Nanz said.

But someone doesn't.

In February, Nanz said she received a handwritten, anonymous letter with a foreboding message.

The letter read, "Your dogs are dangerous, and should be destroyed, and I will."

"I felt like someone was targeting my dogs," Nanz said. "I kept them inside for about a week and a half-She also called police.

Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police said the incident is under investigation, but there are no suspects at this time.

A return address on the letter appeared to be from Dover Air Force Base, but Fournier said it is not an actual address.

Since receiving her letter, Nanz said, she has delivered fliers and spoken to neighbors throughout her Colonial East community.

That's when she heard about a woman a street away from her who received a similar threatening letter.

"After that, I no longer felt it was against me," she said.

Colonial East resident Deb Wyker has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years and walks her toy poodle, Bijou, and Brussels griffon, Mooshu, around the community every day. She said with the exception of one incident involving Mooshu, there's never been a problem. She no longer walks him near the home where a loose dog attacked him; she avoids that block completely.

Wyker said there are plenty of people who own big dogs, and she questions why her two neighbors' homes were singled out.

"I've never had any problem with those dogs, and I walk by there every day," she said. "I thought why have those two dogs been singled out? There are other labs in the neighborhood."

A neighbor of Wyler received a letter similar to Nanz's, but it was more detailed, Wyker said. The neighbor could not be reached for comment.

In the letter, the writer spoke about walking two small dogs in the neighborhood, which disturbed Wyker because she doesn't know of anyone else but her who walks small dogs.

"I feel like I'm being implicated here," she said. "It's ridiculous that someone would stoop to that."

Nanz said she is going to continue passing out fliers, hoping to find out who sent the threatening letters.

A 5-foot-high metal fence keeps her dogs secured in their yard where they still keep vigil over her property.

"The only time they would bark is if someone goes out back, but no one should be there anyway," she said.

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Original Publication Date: April 1, 2016

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