LAWRENCE, Kan. — At 66-years-old, Daniel Brooks was having fun with retirement and moved to Lawrence eight months in the past. Many in the neighborhood knew him as Danny.
Though he by no means married and did not have kids, Brooks was dedicated to his dog, Bear.
“Everything at his pace,” Don Brooks, Danny’s youngest brother, stated. “When he got up, he got up. When he wanted to get up and he went to bed, when he wanted to go to bed, and he and his Bear were inseparable.”
Last Wednesday, the 2 walked to Dillons Food Store, 1015 West twenty third Street, as they typically would most mornings.
“This was just to go get a newspaper and come home,” Don Brooks stated. “This was nothing more to him than just getting out of the house, getting Bear exercise and coming home.”
But they by no means made it again. Danny Brooks was killed – and Bear injured – throughout an altercation outside the store.
Don Brooks stated police instructed him the suspect had an issue along with his brother’s dog being on the store — saying that Bear didn’t belong. That alternate rapidly escalated to the suspect pulling out a knife stabbing Bear first, then Danny.
“Danny being Danny would do everything in his power to protect his dog,” Don Brooks stated, “and if it was a choice between Danny and his dog, he would have, which he did, given his life for his dog.”
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 employees on the Lawrence Humane Society whereas he recovers.
“He has had someone with him 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a good portion of his life and so having things for him to watch and people to engage with him I think is part of how we’ve helped sort of bridge some of that loss,” Shannon Wells, govt director of the Lawrence Humane Society, instructed KSHB 41 News on Wednesday.
The stab wound put the senior dog in shock. Once vets stabilized his vitals, they sedated and mended him.
The group raised greater than $3,600 for his care, and shortly Bear will likely be prepared to depart the shelter.
“Seeing that spark, you know, is a delight for us because we know that means that there is joy for this dog ahead in his life,” Wells stated.
Danny Brooks’ household, who visited Bear over the weekend, is weighing their choices on whether or not they may give him a everlasting dwelling.
“I hope he knows that – in the way a dog will know – that, that his owner cared for him till the very end,” Don Brooks stated. “And if it comes to new owners that they showed the same love and attention.”
Danny Brooks’ household is planning a celebration of life for him in October, when he would have turned 67. They additionally began a GoFundMe marketing campaign for funeral bills.
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