LAWRENCE, Kan. — At 66-years-old, Daniel Brooks was having fun with retirement and moved to Lawrence eight months in the past. Many within the neighborhood knew him as Danny.
Although he by no means married and did not have youngsters, Brooks was dedicated to his canine, Bear.
“The whole lot at his tempo,” Don Brooks, Danny’s youngest brother, stated. “When he obtained up, he obtained up. When he needed to rise up and he went to mattress, when he needed to go to mattress, and he and his Bear have been inseparable.”
Final Wednesday, the 2 walked to Dillons Meals Retailer, 1015 West 23rd Avenue, as they typically would most mornings.
“This was simply to go get a newspaper and are available house,” Don Brooks stated. “This was nothing extra to him than simply getting out of the home, getting Bear train and coming house.”
However they by no means made it again. Danny Brooks was killed – and Bear injured – throughout an altercation outdoors the shop.
Don Brooks stated police advised him the suspect had an issue together with his brother’s canine being on the retailer — saying that Bear didn’t belong. That alternate shortly escalated to the suspect pulling out a knife stabbing Bear first, then Danny.
“Danny being Danny would do every little thing in his energy to guard his canine,” Don Brooks stated, “and if it was a selection between Danny and his canine, he would have, which he did, given his life for his canine.”
Police arrested Robert Davis, 54, on the scene and booked him on suspicion of second-degree homicide and cruelty to animals.
Bear now retains a watch over the workers on the Lawrence Humane Society whereas he recovers.
“He has had somebody with him 24 hours a day, seven days every week for portion of his life and so having issues for him to look at and other people to interact with him I believe is a part of how we have helped kind of bridge a few of that loss,” Shannon Wells, govt director of the Lawrence Humane Society, advised KSHB 41 Information on Wednesday.
The stab wound put the senior canine in shock. As soon as vets stabilized his vitals, they sedated and mended him.
The neighborhood raised greater than $3,600 for his care, and shortly Bear will probably be prepared to depart the shelter.
“Seeing that spark, you recognize, is a delight for us as a result of we all know which means that there’s pleasure for this canine forward in his life,” Wells stated.
Danny Brooks’ household, who visited Bear over the weekend, is weighing their choices on whether or not they can provide him a everlasting house.
“I hope he is aware of that – in the way in which a canine will know – that, that his proprietor cared for him until the very finish,” Don Brooks stated. “And if it involves new homeowners that they confirmed the identical love and a spotlight.”
Danny Brooks’ household is planning a celebration of life for him in October, when he would have turned 67. Additionally they began a GoFundMe marketing campaign for funeral bills.
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