Hunter shoots and kills family LOWELL, Mass. -- A local dog owner is devastated after her dog was shot and killed. Michelle Verville was walking her dog, Smokey, in the Lowell-Dracut State Forest last week when she heard a gun shot. Smokey, a 4-year-old Labrador retriever, yelped and Verville noticed that her dog had been shot in the stomach. "I just stayed there with him and told him that it was ok, and that we loved him and that he was a good dog, and then he passed," Verville said. it is legal to hunt for deer in State parks from Nov. 26 to Dec. 8. According to Verville, shortly after Smokey was shot a hunter came out of the woods, where it is legal to hunt for deer in State Parks from Nov. 26 to Dec. 8. The man claimed that he did not shoot the dog and left without trying to help the fatally injured canine. State Environmental Police are investigating the incident.