Woman wants to know why her dog was shot

Woman wants to know why her dog was shot

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - One Region 8 woman wants answers to the tragic death of her pit bull.

Donna Gray got a frightening phone call from her mother-in-law Wednesday afternoon asking why there were sheriff's deputies at her home.

Gray arrived to find out her pit bull Blue was shot twice in the head.

"I don't know why someone would want to shoot my dog because he has never attacked anybody," Gray said. "He didn't even know he was a pit bull."

Another shock to Gray was to find out the person that took her dog to the vet for care after being shot was not a member of her family or anyone she knew.

According to the police report, the person holding the dog when deputies arrived was not a member of the Gray family, but claimed to be the owner.

The report states the person who called in the incident said they believed the hurt dog was their dog that went missing.

Deputies wanted the dog to get care quickly so they let the person claiming to be the owner take the dog to the vet after getting their statement.

Gray arrived at the vet telling them the injured dog was her dog Blue.

After putting the dog to rest, the vet released the pit bull to Gray and she was able to bury her dog in his favorite place-- near the family swing set.

Gray is confused about why someone else claimed to own her dog, but most of all she wants answers about what happened.

"He is like another kid to me and now I can't pet him, I can't hold him anymore, he can't go for rides anymore. He is gone," Gray said.

Gray told Region 8 she knows some people have a negative view of pit bulls, but her dog Blue was loving and did not deserve to be shot.

"Pit bulls are all in how you raise them," Gray said. "If you raise them to be mean, they are going to be mean like any other dog."

Blue even laid by her Gray's daughter side when she was sick and did not move until she was better.

"We raised him the right way. There is just no sense in shooting my dog the way that they did," Gray said.

The incident has Gray feeling uneasy and fearful for her family now.

"Even though I live out in the country, I don't feel safe now," Gray said.

She is asking for help from the community and police to get justice for Blue.

"Anybody please step forward, just let us know who did this to my dog," Gray said. "We have got to get answers that is all I need."

Region 8 News also spoke with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department who said they are still investigating the incident.

They have not confirmed the owner of the dog, but based on pictures and statements believe it to be the Gray's dog, Blue.

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