LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. —
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers asks for the public's help to track down a suspect who shot and killed a family pet in Lehigh Acres last weekend.
The victim said her son started to take one of the family's dogs out for a walk.
However, when he opened the door, both dogs ran out unleashed. While he was in the neighborhood trying to round the canines up, he heard several gunshots in Jones Drive and Leda Avenue South.
Moments later, both dogs started running towards their home, with one of the dogs limping.
The victim got both dogs inside and inspected the injuries.
He found one wound, which appeared to be from a BB gun possibly, inflicted on the Blue Brindle pit bull's right shoulder.
Over the next 18 hours, the victim monitored the injury at home and worked to control the bleeding.
The next day, she brought the dog, Kaia, to the veterinarian. However, her pet sadly passed away on the way there.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office and Animal Control responded to the Lehigh home and began an investigation into the shooting.
Although an extensive neighborhood canvas was conducted, no witnesses have come forward yet to help track down the shooter.
Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or 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.