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A bomb-sniffing combat dog who earned two Bronze Stars during two tours in Iraq in a Special Operations Forces unit was shot dead by a bicyclist in Wyoming who felt the hero canine was a threat.

Mike, a nine-year-old Belgian Malinois, was killed in the small town of Powell while his owner and service partner, retired Army Ranger Matthew Bessler, 43, was hunting in the Bighorn Mountains.

A friend was staying at Bessler’s house and was watching Mike and Bessler’s other dog Ziva when the veteran canine somehow escaped and encountered the cyclist in the area outside of the home.

Retired Army Ranger Matthew Bessler (right) came home to find out his combat partner Mike (left) was dead

Retired Army Ranger Matthew Bessler (right) came home to find out his combat partner Mike was dead.

The combat-turned-service dog was shot and killed by a bicyclist who felt threatened in Powell, Wyoming 

The combat-turned-service dog was shot and killed by a bicyclist who felt threatened in Powell, Wyoming.

Mike helped his owner deal with his PTSD symptoms and also took Prozac because he suffered from anxiety 

Mike helped his owner deal with his PTSD and also took Prozac because he suffered from anxiety.

There were no witnesses, but the Powell man told police he used his bike to shield himself from the attacking dog but finally shot the animal with a revolver from a distance of five to ten feet away.

The combat-turned-service dog had transitioned from helping his owner on the battlefield to aiding him with the fight against symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) at home.

Mike and Bessler earned two Bronze Stars in Iraq

Mike and Bessler earned two Bronze Stars in Iraq

Bessler does not believe the cyclist’s claims that Mike, who was shot in the backside by the biker’s bicycle-mounted holstered revolver, was acting aggressively enough to warrant the shooting.

He plans to find out exactly what happened to his beloved dog, the Billings Gazette reported.

 Bessler said: ‘He has his story.

‘I know my dog. I have my story.’

Full article at: Mail Online

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