Family demands answers after dog shot dead in backyard

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

KMOV.com

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 7:10 AM

SPRING -- A family is demanding answers after their ten pound dog was shot dead in their backyard. The Garlands want the person responsible to know how much pain they have caused.

Eighteen-year-old Marlee Garland, a high school senior, is the one who found the dog. Garland was baking a birthday cake when she noticed her beloved pet, Diesel, lying lifeless in the backyard.

She ran outside and saw the Chiweenie covered in blood.

“I just couldn’t stop screaming. I was like ‘no, no no.’ He was a baby,” said Marlee Garland.

She didn’t know it then, but Diesel had been shot.

Rick Garland left work and rushed to his Spring home in Gleannloch Estates.

“It’s pretty devastating to find your child in the driveway, holding a dog while she’s covered in blood. That’s her pet,” said father Rick Garland.

The Garlands took their pet to the vet to find out what had happened.

X-rays showed a bullet lodged in the small dog’s abdomen.

Rick Garland had the bullet surgically removed so he could give it to investigators. He’s also offered to pay $1,000 for information leading to a suspect in the case.

“He was shot point square in the chest, so whoever did the shooting had to be familiar with how to use a gun and aim it to a dog six inches off the ground,” explained Rick Garland. “I don’t think it’s a random act of violence. You can’t do that unless you’re a sniper.”

The Garlands say Diesel was “a family favorite.”

“This was a rescue dog. We got him from a shelter. He had been abandoned. He had no hair and had been eaten by ants,” said Rick Garland. “Now after struggling through all that, someone goes and shoots him. That’s a disgrace.”

Diesel was shot around 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

Investigators with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Office’s were back at the Garland’s home Wednesday night.

Only five houses border the Garland’s one acre, gated backyard.

Rick Garland says there isn’t a lot of foot traffic in the area and points out that passerby’s can’t see into his backyard from the public street.

He doesn’t want to speculate on who did this, but he wants to see that person held accountable.

“I’d like to put them on the spot and make them uncomfortable and know that they’ve done something wrong,” added Rick Garland. “You’re not a human if you can do that and not feel bad about it.”

Harris County Precinct 4 says if the perpetrator is caught, he or she will be charged with animal cruelty. It’s unclear if that person could face additional charges for discharging a firearm in a residential community.

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