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West Texas man turns himself in after killing a Crawford dog

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CRAWFORD - A West Texas man accused of shooting and killing a Crawford man's dog has turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Matt Strahan, owner of the dog, says right now one charge is better than none, but he wants all the people involved to be punished.

"I'm glad he turned himself in," said Strahan. "I'm just waiting to see what the criminal process does at this point."

Randy Dale Wheeler, 37, was charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals. Wheeler turned himself in to the Andrews County Jail Wednesday, but this isn't the first time he's been in trouble with the law. In 2008 Wheeler was charged for arson in Gatesville. According to court documents, he plead guilty to those charges and is serving ten years probation. 

When Bishop was shot last month, Wheeler was visiting family who live behind Strahan. That family claims Bishop was shot because they found him in their chicken pen. Wheeler told News Channel 25 on the phone last week his teenaged nephew shot the dog with a pellet gun. It was suffering, so Wheeler shot it again to put the animal out of its misery. 

Strahan says that family offered him money to not press charges.

"I feel like what they did was more than just protecting chickens. I saw what condition Bishop was in when I found him," Strahan said. "It bothered me and I was unsettled by it. If I took the money how can I even look at my neighbors face?"

Strahan doubts part of Wheelers story. He doesn't believe Bishop got out on his own. Strahan says the locked gate was pried open and Bishop's collar and tags were laying in the drive way. After a few hours of searching, Bishop was found on the side of the road.

"It bothered me a great deal and I was upset about it and I'm still upset about it," said Strahan. "He can't be replaced and I don't intend to replace him."

Crawford Police Chief Clayton Bruton told  News Channel 25 he didn't know if more arrests will be made, or more charges filed. Bruton says the incident is still under investigation. 
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