Child's service dog found shot, killed in driveway - WNEM TV 5

Child's service dog found shot, killed in driveway

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A reward is being offered after a service dog was found shot to death outside her home.

Brooke Wilbanks had returned home from a funeral and let her service dog, Sensi, outside for a bathroom break.

When Sensi didn't return after about 30 minutes, her family went outside, and found the animal dead in the driveway from a gunshot to the head. The incident occurred on N. Jefferson Road, in Midland County's Mills Township.

Wilbanks said the service reflector tag was clearly visible, and she and her family don't understand why someone would target the dog.

"We have a 2 1/2 year old, [and Sensi] is his emotional support animal," said Brooke's fiancee Jonathan Doyle. "I guess the saddest part of it is she's firearm trained, so she's trained not to react to a gunshot, she sits. She was looking into the eyes of whoever shot her. I had to close her eyes."

Family members tell TV5 Sensi would have been 3 years old today.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with knowledge of the incident should contact the Midland County Sheriff's department at 989-839-4600.

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