Police: 2 Middleburg dogs shot, 1 dies
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. – Two dogs were shot in a Middleburg neighborhood over the weekend -- one died and the other has a broken foot and other wounds -- according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
Now their owners are looking for answers.
Calvin Cravey, 41, found his black mixed-breed dog, Jewel, shot dead Saturday morning. She had five bullet wounds and Cravey said she was killed with what appeared to be a shotgun.
"She always lay right here and my wife immediately took the beds out to the side of the road after we found her passed away because she didn't want the memory," Cravey said. "Yesterday, when we were in the house, it felt like the house was empty. It does really feel like one of your kids, and I never thought I would feel that way about a dog."
Cravey said he found Jewel lying outside by an air conditioning unit Saturday and said she must have been shot between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
Cravey said Jewel typically plays with his neighbor's dog up and down Devilwood Street. The neighbor, 43-year-old Brian Gustavson, was home Friday when he said he heard shots being fired, ran around the house and saw his dog, Ping, had been shot three times. The wounds were consistent with shotgun pellets, according to a police report.
Ping (pictured) survived with a broken paw and other wounds.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting but is not yet releasing any information about potential suspects.
The Cravey family is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.
"She was such a great dog," Cravey said of Jewel. "She did not deserve to get shot and whoever did it, they need to pay the consequences. I hope that justice does get served."
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