Kristi Noem Defends Decision to Kill Dog, Citing Motherhood

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has stated that she had to make the difficult decision to personally put down a “dangerous dog” as a mother.

In her upcoming book, “No Going Back: The Truth on What’s Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward,” Kristi Noem, a prominent Republican and rumored contender for the 2024 vice presidential position alongside former President Donald Trump, opens up about a difficult decision she had to make. The book, set to be released on Tuesday, delves into the heartbreaking account of Noem having to shoot her beloved 14-month-old pet dog, Cricket.

After a wave of criticism from politicians and the public, Noem has responded to the backlash surrounding the report published by The Guardian. She defends her decision to euthanize the pet, calling it “dangerous” and claiming that it had attacked a family’s chickens. Despite the controversy, she stands by her belief that the pet was “less than worthless” and “untrainable.”

During a Monday night interview with Fox News host Jesse Watters, Noem emphasized her responsibility as a mother when discussing the execution. She expressed her concern for the safety of her children in response to Watters’ question about Vice President Kamala Harris potentially criticizing her for “bragging about” killing the dog during a vice presidential debate.

According to Noem, being a mom presented her with a difficult decision concerning the safety of her children versus a dangerous dog that posed a threat to livestock and people. In her book, she shares stories of the challenging choices she has made in the past, emphasizing the importance of honesty. Noem believes that her approach sets her apart from many politicians today.

According to her, this dog was not only vicious and dangerous, but it was also responsible for killing livestock and attacking people. She emphasized that she had to make a choice to ensure the safety of her family, especially because she had young children at the time. She firmly believed that she couldn’t pass her responsibilities onto anyone else.

On Monday night, Noem’s office was contacted by Newsweek via email for comment.

The chapter in Noem’s book describing the incident of killing a dog is titled “Bad Day to be a Goat”. It also reveals that on the same day, the governor killed a goat because it had not been castrated. The book further mentions that the goat had chased children on her farm and had an unpleasant odor, as reported by The Guardian.

According to reports, there is a passage in the book where Noem envisions herself saying, “Commander, say hello to Cricket.” This suggests that she believes President Biden’s dog, Commander, should have suffered the same fate.

During an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Noem emphasized that the president must take responsibility for not authorizing the punishment for Commander’s actions, as the German shepherd had bitten several Secret Service agents.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre expressed her concern and disbelief at the comments made by [Noem] during a press conference on Monday. She found the remarks to be disturbing and absurd. Jean-Pierre emphasized that the United States is a nation that cherishes and loves dogs, making it even more troubling to hear a leader discuss the idea of putting dogs down and ending their lives.

“That’s quite a concerning statement,” she continued. “If I were her, I would strongly advise against further exacerbating the situation.”

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