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Mayor To Resign Over Puppy’s Death

October 8, 1999

MILFORD, Ill. (AP) _ A mayor accused of beating a 6-month-old beagle puppy to death with a shovel says he will resign due to public furor over the killing.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Mayor James Cook said he planned to resign today because of a flood of hate mail.

``All the trustees are getting nasty letters and stuff like that,″ Cook said. ``City Hall is being flooded with prank calls. It would be in the best interest for everybody.″

Cook is accused of clubbing the puppy, named Snoopy, with a shovel outside a grain elevator on Aug. 22.

The mayor has said he struck the dog with the shovel to shoo it away from workers who were building a grain bin. He said that when he saw how badly he had inadvertently injured the puppy, he felt the kindest thing would be to put it out of its misery.

The dog’s owners said the puppy was a gift for their 6-year-old son and had been missing for several days when its remains were found.

Cook has pleaded innocent to charges of animal cruelty. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Police reports indicate Cook paid the owners $150 as compensation for their loss.

Milford is about 100 miles south of Chicago.

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