A Houston firefighter and his family are mourning the loss of their beloved dog after someone shot it overnight in the Heights.
Angus was a 5-year-old Irish Wolfhound mix rescued by Darrin Nielsen. The dog loved to play with Nielsen’s kids and even played tetherball by himself at a neighborhood park.
Exclusive surveillance video obtained by KHOU captures the sound of the gunshots.
"I think whoever did it is a coward,” Nielsen said. "If the dog can't get to you, can't hurt you, you don't need to hurt the dog. You certainly hurt some kids."
Nielsen said someone shot Angus point-blank in the neck in the 800 block of Tabor between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. Wednesday. He has no idea why.
"It hurts our feelings. He was a part of our family,” Nielsen said.
Nielsen and his son buried Angus in the backyard early this morning.
"He's shook up, scared, too," Nielsen said. "He doesn't know what the person's intentions are, either."
Nielsen’s neighbor Arlin Hawkins called the police after the shooting. He saw a man dressed in black carrying what looked like a gun but didn’t get a good look at him.
"Just heard bang bang, and then the dog squeeling," Hawkins said. "The man looked angry and he was walking with a gun in his hand. If you could shoot someone's dog like that, who's to say you won't shoot someone's child?"
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Houston Police Department at (713)-884-3131.