A Burleson woman is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person who shot her dog.
Lena Leath, who lives on Todd Street near Cindy Park, had family over to watch a Dallas Cowboys game last month when she went to give her dogs a treat in the backyard.
“The dogs were fine and I went out at 2 o’clock and gave them a snack,” she said. “They sat and behaved. My granddaughter left about 6:30 p.m. and my male dog wouldn’t come to me. He’s my baby and he always comes to me.”
Leath said when she went out to the backyard the 6-year-old male dog, Ky, was laying on the ground and didn’t know why.
“I finally coaxed him into the house and he just laid there,” she said. “My husband took him to the vet first thing in the morning and when they rolled him over he whimpered.”
An X-ray revealed Ky had been shot twice with lead pellets; once near his hind leg and again near his tail.
At first, Leath said the vet did not think any of the pellets hit any organs so they opted for no surgery.
“My blood pressure went sky high and I ended up in the hospital,” she said. “My son called us, he’s 19, that Ky wasn’t taking his medicine. He said around 4 in the morning he was whimpering so he tried to coax him in the room, but would only stay in the hallway.”
When her son got up the next morning he say Ky had passed away.
“The vet thinks maybe it did hit an organ, they just couldn’t see it on the X-ray,” she said.
Leath said she believes someone has been breaking into backyards in her neighborhood.
“Friday night, the dogs had been going crazy and I didn’t know why,” she said. “A neighbor on Todd Court messaged me to let me know their backyard was broken into and somebody stole their tools and air conditioner. Another neighbor said their dog had a welt and they didn’t know what happened. We’re thinking maybe they were shot, too.”
Leath’s groomer set up a GoFundMe to raise funds for a cash reward.
“We have about $1,740 raised for the reward,” she said. “I don’t want anyone else’s dog to die. I don’t want anyone’s kids to get hurt. One of the hopes is that if it’s one of the punk kids that did this that somebody is going to rat out somebody for the reward money.”
If you have information about this incident, call the Burleson Police Department’s non-emergency number at 817-426-9903.