Man's Best Friend

Johnson County Courthouse
Did you know that dogs were first declared "man's best friend" in Missouri?

It was at the Johnson County Courthouse in Warrensburg that dog became "man's best friend" when those words were uttered by attorney George G. Vest during a trial following the shooting death of Old Drum, a black and tan hound dog that had been suspected of killing sheep.  The shooting of the dog led to a civil suit filed by Old Drum's owner against the shooter.







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