A family in Stanly County, North Carolina, is grieving the loss of their two dogs who were fatally shot during a break-in at their home on Monday. According to ABC 11 News, eight-month old Husky “Nova” and three-year old Rottweiler mix “Rucker,” were dead when Kelly Hooks’ boyfriend, Cody, returned to their home in the Norwood area.
The dogs were killed, despite being locked away in a room of the house, reported WSOC TV. Hooks voiced her grief over the death of her beloved dogs:
“They don’t realize what they took from us. They could’ve taken the whole house. I wouldn’t have cared if they took everything in the house if they would’ve just left them alone.”
The local authorities are taking the case seriously – hoping to find out who is behind the brutal invasion which claimed the dogs’ lives. Stanly County Sheriff George Burris told Channel 9 News, “If they’ll take an innocent dog’s life, what could happen next? That’s why we’re taking this case so serious.”
The break-in which resulted in the two dogs’ death is one of several in the area over the last month – the authorities are warning homeowners to ensure that homes (and cars) are secured. A reward of $1,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for killing Nova and Rucker.
(Family photo via WSOC News)