POCAHONTAS, Ark. (KAIT) - A family is offering a reward for information after someone shot their dog with a pellet gun multiple times, killing it.
Randy Land was mowing his yard when he noticed his dog, Max, laying on the ground, bleeding from his head and nose.
Initially, according to an incident report filed with the Pocahontas Police Department, Land thought the lawnmower had thrown a rock, hitting the animal.
Officer Anthony Parten arrived at the family’s home on Rainbow Street and began applying medical treatment to Max while Randy’s wife, Audra, called an after-hours veterinarian.
Parten and Officer Kent Starr helped Land load the dog into the back of a pickup truck. The family then drove Max to the Westridge Animal Clinic, near Pocahontas.
At the vet’s office, the Lands learned their beloved pet “had been shot 7-8 times by a pellet gun.”
The veterinarian confirmed to police Max died of a pellet lodged in its head.
“He was our best friend,” Audra said.
The Land family says they want justice. Audra says this has affected their family deeply.
“And now our little boy is scared to go outside,” Audra said. “He said, ‘what if they come’ - now that Max is not here - ‘what if they come and try to shoot me?’”
Max played a special part in the Land family’s life. He was not only their dog, but their best friend and their protector.
“He had such a gentle soul, such a sweet spirit,” Audra said. “We would take our boys out and if he thought they got too far in the water, Max would go get him and he would bring them back in to shore.”
“When I tried to get on a trampoline, usually he would bark, and sometimes he would jump on me, to make sure I was safe,” John, one of the three kids. “I loved him.”
The Land family buried Max earlier at a creek by their parents’ house.
At this time, police have no suspects. Anyone with information on this crime should contact the local police department at 870-892-9867 or at 870-202-1450.
This is not the first reported case in the area of an animal dying after being shot by a pellet or BB gun.
In Jonesboro, nearly a half-dozen of cats and dogs have been reported shot by BB guns in the Sage Meadows area.
In light of these recent events, the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society urges owners to watch out for their pets, regardless of where they live.
“There are some very cruel people in this world,” they said in a social media post.