ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A South Valley brother and sister are heartbroken as BernalilloCounty deputies hunt for the gunman who shot and killed the kids'puppy in front of their home Sunday night.
On Monday there was still blood on the ground where the dognamed Snoopy collapsed and died.
“What's wrong?" Ismael Gonzalez told KRQE News 13.“Why did they kill a dog? It did nothing wrong tothem.”
According to Bernalillo County deputies the 1-year-old Chihuahuawas in the front yard of the mobile home in 5000 Coors Blvd. SW ataround 10 p.m. Sunday when two people walked by. One of them shotthe dog, and both took off heading east.
The family called 911 and was able to provide some informationabout the shooter and his companion.
“Who was able to provide some very good information,"sheriff's Lt. David Knowles said. "We had virtually the whole squadover there.”
Gonzalez described deputies searching the area east of DesertPalms Mobile Home Park around and along a ditch bank and bringingin their own dogs.
“We did find some tracks that led from the mobile-homepark down a ditch bank that did disappear into the Valley Gardensarea," Knowles said.
Valley Gardens is east of Coors Boulevard and south of Gun ClubRoad.
The crime is considered extreme cruelty to animals, which couldsend the shooter to jail, Knowles said.
“If someone is out there doing this senseless, cowardiceact of shooting a dog, a puppy no less they, they are also involvedin some other criminal activity,” Knowles said. “Theentire squad last night wanted to try and make it right and to getsomeone in jail and have some justice for the family and for thecommunity down there."
Gonzalez isn't just sad. He's also ticked off at thekillers.
“They're wussies," he said.
Gonzalez told News 13 he thinks the attack was random since noone would have a reason to go after his dog.
He also said he and his sister want to get another puppy andthat he would like to name it Snoopy.
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