Governor Under Fire for Animal Cruelty

( – Republican Governor Kristi Noem of North Dakota is facing attacks from the left and right after admitting that she killed two animals over twenty years ago.

The admission comes as part of Noem’s memoir, which is scheduled to be released next month. In it, she writes the story of a former wirehair pointer named Cricket. The dog was initially purchased to assist with pheasant hunting. However, the 14-month-old canine proved too energetic to train properly, choosing instead to chase the birds every chance it got.

Things then got worse. Shortly after Noem tried and failed to train the dog with a shock collar, it managed to flee her truck. It systematically killed several chickens, not even bothering to finish eating one before killing the others. When Noem finally managed to catch up to Cricket, the dog turned around to bite her. She then paid the owners of the chickens while apologizing.

Noem then said that she realized the dog must be put down, believing it was a danger to other people and animals while saying that it couldn’t be trained. She shot the dog near a gravel pit soon after. She put down a family goat later that year for similar reasons, adding that it showed aggression towards her children.

Noem wrote in her memoir that a “better politician” would’ve left those stories out, and the backlash seems to prove her point. Representative Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) posted an X (formerly Twitter) video similar to an American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals commercial that encouraged his followers to save puppies from Noem.

The Babylon Bee, a satire website that’s typically considered conservative, wrote a headline that mocked Noem for calling it an “unpleasant job” while showing a doctored photo of Noem holding a shotgun with a puppy. The site later published another satire headline claiming that killing dogs is only 3% of her job.

Several other far-left governors, including Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota’s Tim Walz, and New Jersey’s Phil Murphy, all tweeted pictures of themselves with their dogs while encouraging followers to post their own pet pictures in defiance of Noem.

Noem defended her decision in a separate X tweet, reminding followers that the animals were aggressive and that sometimes tough decisions must be made.

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