A Minnesota sheriff says a dog named Donald Trump wasn't shot and killed over a political rivalry, despite false claims circulating on social media that have spurred "violent threats" against some county residents.
The Jackson County Sheriff's office concluded the person who shot Donald Trump the dog Monday was "legally protecting their livestock" on private property. The shooter has not been identified.
The dog's owner, Randal Thom, is an avid supporter of the president and has been featured in dozens of news stories for frequenting his rallies.
Some social media users claimed a neighbour, who they believed to be a Democrat, intentionally killed Thom's dog.
Neighbours have lodged 14 complaints about Thom's dogs running loose, killing animals and attacking a person, according to the sheriff.
Thom was convicted on a petty misdemeanour of "dogs and cats at large" in 2015, according to Minnesota court records. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
Jackson County is about 160 miles (257 kilometres) south of Minneapolis.