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Family Finds Pet Dogs Shot to Death

Posted May 28, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A Wake County family and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are offering a $1000 reward for information on who killed two of the family's dogs.

The two pets were found dead in their doghouse at a family business on Lake Wheeler Road near the state Farmer's Market, said owner Betsey Martin. Her 11-year-old son Patrick found the animals early Wednesday morning.

Shot to death were Rosie, a 10-year-old shepherd mix, and Bubba, a 3-year-old pit bull mix. A 7-year-old English setter named Jeremy was not harmed. The dogs were shot with a small-caliber weapon. The Martin family is still wondering why an yone would shoot their dogs without reason.

Rosie was shot in her side and Bubba through the heart. Patrick had found them in the dog house. One of them was upside down, while the other was left with his teeth clenched and his eyes wide open.

Raleigh police are investigating the shootings. Officers say it looks like a random act of violence. This isn't the first time there's been trouble in this neighborhood with animals. Back about seven years ago somebody poisoned two dogs that were keeping watch over a business. Despite what happened a few years back, animal control officers say this kind of attack is rare.

The shooting is reason enough for Betsey Martin to move Jeremy away from his home. Martin says she won't keep any more dogs at the business. Not only did someone kill the family pets, they also killed her 11 year old's heart.

If you know anything about the shooting you can call the Wake County SPCA at (919)772-3203.

Betsy Sykes reporting