For city councillor Jeff Miller, the story seemed so shocking, at first he didn't believe it was happening in his town. So he drove around late that night, trying to find Demo's pen.
And it turned out, "I live like nine-tenths of a mile from there."
"That's when it all kind of came into focus," he says. "And this morning, it all hit the fan."
Miller drove with the police chief to the house this morning. They persuaded the dog's owner to give him up. His owner was waffling right until the end.
"The truth is the gentleman who owned the house, he was an older gentleman, had tried to take care of him," Miller explains. "But it was his son's dog and his son was in prison."