September 7, 2018

Action Alert:
Call for Charges Against Comfort Dog Killer

Update: Deputies issued a criminal citation to Odin Maxwell, 49, on a misdemeanor count of aiming or discharging a firearm in a reckless manner. No chickens were harmed by the dog and “the way [Maxwell] was firing posed a danger to passing traffic, bicyclists and occupied houses across the street,” said Whatcom County Chief Deputy Kevin Hester.

A couple from the state of Washington, Lona and Joseph Johnson, were in the audience at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas in October 2017, when a gunman rained full-automatic fire on them from a hotel window above. He killed 58 people and injured 851. Lona and Joseph’s cousin Melinda Brockie was shot through the right cheek in front of them, but survived.

Jax was a harmless labradoodle.

After the shooting, Lona and Joseph got a comfort dog, the labradoodle Jax, to assist them with post-traumatic stress disorder they were experiencing. On the morning of September 2, 2018, their 49 year-old neighbor Odin Maxwell fired at Jax with a shotgun on their property, killing him. The Johnsons’ 9-year-old nephew was playing outside with his chihuahua when Jax was shot.

Maxwell initially told sheriff’s deputies that Jax was chasing his chickens, but when the matter was investigated no harm was found. Remarkably, Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo allowed Maxwell to walk with just a citation for reckless discharge of a firearm!

Please contact Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo through one of the channels below and give him the following message (personalized to your liking):

Bring charges immediately against Odin Maxwell for killing Lona and Joseph’s Johnson labradoodle Jax on THEIR property on the morning of September 2, 2018. This was not a “reckless discharge of a firearm.” Maxwell intentionally executed a harmless animal and the explanation he gave—harm to his chickens—was immediately disproven. It is stunning to me that you allowed him to get away with this and walk. Lona and Joseph Johnson are victims of gun violence. Their cousin was shot through her face in front of them at the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas. Show some dignity and decency and give the Johnsons the justice they deserve. Odin Maxwell executed their pet with a shotgun for no reason whatsoever. He is NOT above the law. Bring charges against him for murdering Jax NOW.

Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo
Phone: (360) 778-6600

Bonus contact info:
Contact Odin Maxwell at the law firm he owns to tell him how you feel about the shooting.
Phone: (360) 738-8584 or (800) 482-1369
Email via webform:

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