Politicians and dog experts vilify South Dakota governor after she writes about killing her dog

Politicians and dog experts are criticizing South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem after she wrote in a new book about killing a rambunctious puppy.

The story and the vilification she received on social media has some observers wondering if she’s still a viable potential running mate for Donald Trump.

Noem has tried to reframe the story from two decades ago as an example of her willingness to make tough decisions. She says the 14-month-old dog showed aggressive behavior by biting.

Experts who work with hunting dogs like Noem’s said she should have trained the pup, not killed it, or found it a new home.


April 30, 2024