SODDY-DAISY, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB)- A Soddy-Daisy woman is asking for the public's help in figuring out who shot and killed her dog and then threw it in a ditch.
Mary Lou Buoymaster says she has always had a heart for animals. And when a tenant left behind a Daschund similar to one she already has, she started taking care of it.
Last week her son found the dog was gone and its cage empty.
"He said, 'Well it's locked and it's empty.'"
He immediately searched the neighborhood when he spotted something in a ditch on the next street over.
"He thought it was a cat that he saw on the side of the road. He came back with Brody. Someone had shot him in the head," says Buoymaster.
She says she never heard a gun shot. Neither did her neighbors.
"I asked them if they heard anything by they didn't," says Buoymaster.
Now a memorial her son made sits in her backyard.
"He was a young and very happy dog. It's a shame that someone would be so vicious and do something like that."
She says whoever killed Brody knew where she was keeping him because she boarded him inside this building.
"Violated. I feel violated," says Buoymaster.
That is why her son immediately filed a police report.
"We would want to seek out prosecution on this matter," says Lt. Jeff Gann with the Soddy-Daisy Police Department.
He tells Channel 3 the shooter could face several charges.
"You know, there's theft of property, this is actually, could be looked at as far as breaking and entering. And then we're talking about the cruelty to the animal itself," says Gann.
"I really don't think it's random. But I'm not sure if somebody didn't put the person up to it," says Buoymaster.
But she says she does not want to accuse anyone outright.
"I'm hoping that somebody that hears it comes forth."
Because all she wants is answers.
"That was mean to do to an innocent little dog," she says.
Buoymaster says she is offering a $500 reward. She is also working on putting up flyers in her neighborhood.
If you have any information, contact the Soddy-Daisy Police Department.
The sheriff said the father performed CPR on the child who later passed away at the hospital.
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