A reward is now being offered after five dogs have been found shot in Greene County in recent weeks. Three of those dogs have died.
Now pet owners are worried that someone is intentionally harming them, since three of the shootings happened within a quarter mile of each other.
Greene County Animal Control says most of the dogs that have been shot were hunting dogs and say they don't think the shootings were accidental.
Vicky Cox is very attached to her dog, Rascal, who's been in the family for 13 years. But last Sunday Rascal wouldn't come inside, and Cox discovered her dog had been shot in the back, near her tail.
"I mean, there was just blood all over her back area," Cox told WITN News. "I put her in the tub and cleaned her off and when I cleaned her off I saw that there were two holes."
Greene County Animal Control officer Randy Hawkins says Rascal is one of five dogs shot in the past two weeks. He says four of the dogs were hunting dogs, and three of them died. Hawkins says Rascal and two others were shot within a quarter mile of each other.
"We do think it's being done on purpose for whatever reason," says Hawkins. "We don't know the reason, but it's got to be out of meanness."
Hawkins says one of the dog owners is now offering a $500 reward.
Wayne Davis says two of his hunting dogs were killed. "My dog wasn't moving," says Davis. "And I finally went up into the woods and tracked her and the dog was covered up with leaves."
Hawkins says he doesn't think the same person or persons are responsible for all of the shootings. Davis says he's hopeful whoever's doing it will be caught. "We've got a lot of money tied up in these dogs - and I'd just love to find out who's doing it."
In the meantime, Vicky Cox says she plans to keep Rascal inside more often to protect her from the gunfire.
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