Jun 11, 2013 12:08 PM by Janine Reyes
CORPUS CHRISTI -- An early morning shooting left a family dog dead. Animal Control is in the process of performing an autopsy on 'Chico' the Chihuahua mix. But, they do say this looks like a case of animal cruelty.
The dog's owner, William Fennel, walked us through the neighborhood where he found his dog dead this morning on Van Loan Avenue.
"This spot right over here," he said waving his foot over the grass in the neighbor's yard.
It's that spot right here that Fennel's grandson made a disturbing discovery.
"He came and told us that Chico was laying in the yard over there across the street, dead," Fennel said. At first he thought maybe Chico died in a dog fight. Then he got a closer look and found what looked like a bullet hole in the dog's side.
Chico would run the neighborhood alone, well almost alone. "That's Chico's girlfriend," Fennel said, pointing out a four legged companion that Chico brought home when they moved here a few months ago.
Today, he says, she seems to be troubled by what happened to Chico. So is Fennel, because even though he should not have let his dog roam the neighborhood, Fennel says the way Chico died is very disturbing. He tells us someone intentionally shot the little guy.
"Other people's got their dogs... Pit Bulls, I'm talking about," sad Fennel, "they are big dogs, running around, ain't nobody never shoot them, why would they want to shoot a little bitty homeless dog like that," he asked.
If police find out why and more importantly who, it could lead to criminal charges of animal cruelty.
Animal control officers tell us it's unlikely someone had to shoot the dog for protection.
It's a mystery Fennel would like to see solved.
"Whoever shot him either shot him down the street and he crawled over to the neighbors house, and couldn't make it back this way," Fennel said.
Animal control officers are planning an autopsy to find out what kind of gun the shooter used to kill Chico.
Meanwhile, the little dog is a big loss for chico's companion and the Fennel family.
"It's my little grandson's puppy, he had him when he was one year old," said Fennel.