SPRING -- A family is demanding answers after their ten pound dog was shot dead in their backyard. The Garlands want the person responsible to know how much pain they have caused.
Eighteen-year-old Marlee Garland, a high school senior, is the one who found the dog. Garland was baking a birthday cake when she noticed her beloved pet, Diesel, lying lifeless in the backyard.
She ran outside and saw the Chiweenie covered in blood.
I just couldn t stop screaming. I was like no, no no. He was a baby, said Marlee Garland.
She didn t know it then, but Diesel had been shot.
Rick Garland left work and rushed to his Spring home in Gleannloch Estates.
It s pretty devastating to find your child in the driveway, holding a dog while she s covered in blood. That s her pet, said father Rick Garland.
The Garlands took their pet to the vet to find out what had happened.
X-rays showed a bullet lodged in the small dog s abdomen.
Rick Garland had the bullet surgically removed so he could give it to investigators. He s also offered to pay $1,000 for information leading to a suspect in the case.
He was shot point square in the chest, so whoever did the shooting had to be familiar with how to use a gun and aim it to a dog six inches off the ground, explained Rick Garland. I don t think it s a random act of violence. You can t do that unless you re a sniper.
The Garlands say Diesel was a family favorite.
This was a rescue dog. We got him from a shelter. He had been abandoned. He had no hair and had been eaten by ants, said Rick Garland. Now after struggling through all that, someone goes and shoots him. That s a disgrace.
Diesel was shot around 6 p.m. Tuesday night.
Investigators with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Office s were back at the Garland s home Wednesday night.
Only five houses border the Garland s one acre, gated backyard.
Rick Garland says there isn t a lot of foot traffic in the area and points out that passerby s can t see into his backyard from the public street.
He doesn t want to speculate on who did this, but he wants to see that person held accountable.
I d like to put them on the spot and make them uncomfortable and know that they ve done something wrong, added Rick Garland. You re not a human if you can do that and not feel bad about it.
Harris County Precinct 4 says if the perpetrator is caught, he or she will be charged with animal cruelty. It s unclear if that person could face additional charges for discharging a firearm in a residential community.