Republican Governor Addresses Rumors About Killing Her Dog

Matt Johnson from Omaha, Nebraska, United States, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem recently addressed controversy surrounding a distressing incident involving her dog, as detailed in her upcoming book. During an interview on Fox News’s “Hannity,” Noem recounted the difficult decision to euthanize her “extremely dangerous” dog to safeguard her family. The dog, previously known to be aggressive, had attacked Noem and caused significant harm to neighboring livestock on the day it was put down.

Noem emphasized the safety of her children as her priority, describing the dog’s aggressive behavior as a direct threat. The incident has sparked considerable debate and criticism, especially following an advance book excerpt published by The Guardian. This excerpt reveals that Noem ended the dog’s life by shooting it in a gravel pit on her property, a decision she described as tough but necessary.

This story has drawn intense scrutiny and comparisons to other political figures who faced backlash for their treatment of animals, such as Senator Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential campaign. Romney had been criticized for an incident involving his dog during a family trip. In response to comparisons, Romney clarified that his situation was markedly different, emphasizing his care and affection for his pet.

The reaction to Noem’s story has extended to social media, where some Democratic governors have satirically commented on the situation by posting benign pictures with their pets in contrast to the violent nature of Noem’s anecdote.

The revelation from Noem’s book has not only stirred controversy among the public and media but also potentially impacted her political future, casting doubt on her prospects as a vice-presidential candidate. Despite this, Noem stands firm on her decision, noting in her defense that the book aims to provide a candid look into the various experiences and challenges she has faced throughout her life.

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