A $1,000 cash reward is being offered for anyone recognizing and identifying the car that surveillance cameras picked up on Friday in Las Cruces, New Mexico who ran over a family’s dog on private property in their own driveway. According to the Facebook page of Kelly Etz, a black Camaro drove into the Organ Mesa Ranch and purposely ran over the dog, who had been protecting his home.
Jude, an Australian shepherd was killed at 2:58 p.m. when Kelly and her family were not at home. Jude and another dog named Finn had been seen earlier on the surveillance cameras snoozing together on the porch. When an incoming vehicle approached, both dogs woke up and ran out to investigate.
The camera showed the black Camaro approach the home. The vehicle stopped, but no one got out – most likely because the dogs ran right up to the car. Moments later the car accelerated and seemed to have taken aim at Jude, dragging him for several feet underneath the vehicle before taking off and speeding away. The dog can be seen writhing in pain.
The family arrived home a half hour later to her dog in the middle of the gravel driveway. Jude was dead.
According to the Las Crusces Sun-News, Kellie was shocked and devastated.
” I can’t pull in my driveway, the kids are screaming. I don’t know what happened, but I know something is wrong. Finn is no where in sight.
Later, Kellie found Finn cowering in a corner in the back of the house. The video has been posted to Kellie’s Facebook page, and it is hoped someone recognizes the car with the spoiler, a decal in the front driver’s window and black rims.
Sheriff deputies have instituted an investigation and did take the dog’s body with them as evidence.
“Jude was just doing his job and he paid the price,” Kellie said.
Deputies need the license plate of the vehicle and think it had been in the area of Sonoma Ranch and University Avenue on Friday or Saturday.
Rest in peace Jude.
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