Search On For Suspect In Dog's Shooting Death 12-30-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Search On For Suspect In Dog's Shooting Death 12-30-2010

Police in Mount Morris need the public’s help to track down the person who shot two dogs on Christmas night.
One of the dogs died from wounds sustained from a small-caliber gun. The other animal survived, but will have permanent scars.
As anyone who's a pet owner probably knows, a dog or cat becomes part of your family.
The Schuessler family said two of its dogs were brutally shot on Christmas Day.
One-year-old Tank,a pit bull, was shot once in the leg and once inside his ear.
"The bullet went in right there, and it's down in behind his eye, between his eye and his nasal cavity right now. It missed his brain," said Tank’s owner, Rick Schuessler. "He's having a hard time eating, he turns his head funny, because it's like it's catching and hurting him."
Authorities said Tank’s brother, Ace, was shot seven times, with three of those rounds going through the lower part of his chest. Vets were not able to save Ace’s life with surgery.
"How can you do this, how can you do this knowing this is someone else's pet?” asked Schuessler.
Somehow on Christmas Day, Ace and Tank escaped the fence surrounding their Mount Morris home.
While Tank was found in one location, animal rescue volunteer Denise Morton would later find Ace where the dog's journey ended.
"He was laying there, there were holes all over him," said Morton."He still wasn't vicious, he came right up to me, and when I talked to him he tried to wag his tail." A testament, said Schuessler, to his dog’s temperament.
"What I have a problem with is someone chasing my dog down, getting out of their vehicle and firing on it," said Schuessler, alluding to the fact that he may know who’s responsible for the incident.
The family told TV5 the Genesee County Sheriff's Office was called out, but deputies told them since a human was not shot, they could not investigate.
The Mount Morris Police Department was called out, but as of Thursday, they have no official suspects in the shooting of the dogs.
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