Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in tracking down a suspect who shot and killed a family pet in Lehigh Acres last weekend.
The owner of the dog, Brittlyn Brown, said her son started to take one of the family’s dogs out for a walk on Saturday around 8:30 p.m. when both dogs ran out unleashed after he opened the door. While he was in the neighborhood trying to round the dogs up, he heard several gunshots in the area of Jones Drive and Leda Avenue S. Moments later, both dogs started running toward their home, with one of the dogs limping.
After bringing both dogs inside, the victim inspected their injuries and found one wound, which appeared to be possibly from a BB gun, on the blue-brindle pit bull’s right shoulder. They monitored the injury for the next 18 hours at home and worked to control the bleeding. The dog, named Kaia, died the next day on the way to a veterinarian.
“There are many other ways you could’ve scared a dog off besides shoot them. You didn’t have to be as cruel as you were to shoot my dog,” Brown said.
Lee County deputies and animal control officers began investigating, and Crime Stoppers said that although an extensive neighborhood canvas was conducted, no witnesses have come forward to help track down the shooter.
Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting, or who has any information relating to the incident, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or on the P3Tips mobile app.