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    Kristi Noem Faces backlash after she describes killing dog after bad hunting trip in new book

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    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) in a forthcoming book describes shooting a family dog after a hunting trip, according to a report in The Guardian, which obtained a copy of the book, “No Going Back: The Truth on What’s Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward.”

    Kristi Noem, the Governor of South Dakota, has been trending on Twitter recently due to a controversial story involving her dog, Cricket which she wrote in her new book. The story has sparked a significant amount of discussion and debate on social media, with many users expressing shock, outrage, and disbelief at Noem’s actions.

    The controversy began when Noem shared a story in her new book about her decision to end the life of her 14-month-old dog, Cricket.

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    In the book, Noem, who has been discussed as a possible running mate for former President Trump, describes growing angry with the nearly 14-month-old “Cricket,” a wirehaired pointer, during a hunting trip.

    According to Noem, she took the decision because Cricket was not trainable and posed a danger to people and other animals.

    Noem shot the dog after taking it on a pheasant hunt.

    She writes that she had taken Cricket on the hunt hoping she would learn from older dogs, but that instead the younger dog ruined the hunt by “chasing all those birds and having the time of her life,” per the Guardian.

    On the way home, the dog escaped her truck and attacked a local family’s chickens, “grabb[ing] one chicken at a time, crunching it to death with one bite, then dropping it to attack another,” Noem wrote.

    When Noem tried to grab the dog, she wrote that it whipped around to bite her. Noem said she wrote the family a check for their chickens and helped them dispose of the carcasses “littering the scene of the crime.

    “I hated that dog,” she wrote, adding that Cricket was untrainable, dangerous and worthless as a hunting dog.

    “At that moment,” Noem wrote, “I realized I had to put her down.”

    She then led Cricket to a gravel pit on her property and shot it, writing it was “not a pleasant job” but it “had to be done.”

    Noem wrote that she also then killed a “nasty and mean” male goat that smelled and liked to chase her children. Because it jumped when she first shot at the goat, she needed two shots to “put him down.”

    The Guardian wrote that the story was told as an anecdote to show that Noem believes sometimes difficult tasks must be carried out, and that she is not afraid to do so. Noem uses the story to illustrate that she is willing to do anything “difficult, messy and ugly” if it simply needs to be done, according to The Guardian.

    Noem also wrote that she realized that a construction crew watched her kill both animals, but the workers got back to work before a school bus dropped off her kids.

    When her daughter arrived, Noem writes in the book that she looked around, confused, asking where Cricket was.

    “I guess if I were a better politician I wouldn’t tell the story here,” Noem wrote.

    In the tweet, Noem appeared to confirm the story and said there would be more politically incorrect stories in her book.

    “We love animals, but tough decisions like this happen all the time on a farm. Sadly, we just had to put down 3 horses a few weeks ago that had been in our family for 25 years. If you want more real, honest, and politically INcorrect stories that’ll have the media gasping, preorder ‘No Going Back,’ she wrote.

    The story has caused a stir on Twitter, with users expressing a range of reactions to Noem’s decision.


    Some users have criticized Noem for her decision, arguing that she could have taken other steps to address Cricket’s behavior, such as putting the dog up for adoption or seeking professional help. Others have pointed out that Noem’s decision raises questions about her judgment and character, particularly given her role as a public figure and leader.

    The story has also prompted discussions about the broader issue of pet ownership and responsibility. Many users have used the opportunity to share their own experiences with pets and to discuss the importance of responsible pet ownership. Others have highlighted the need for better education and resources for pet owners, particularly those dealing with challenging behaviors.

    In addition to the controversy surrounding Noem’s decision, the story has also generated significant attention due to its potential implications for her political career. Some users have speculated that the story could affect Noem’s chances of being selected as Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2024 presidential election. Others have pointed out that the story could also impact Noem’s reputation and standing within the Republican Party.

    Overall, the story of Kristi Noem and her dog has captured the attention of Twitter users, with many expressing strong opinions and reactions to her decision. The controversy highlights the importance of responsible pet ownership and the need for public figures to be mindful of the impact of their actions on their public image and reputation.

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