Reward offered in dog's death - WNEM TV 5

Reward offered in dog's death

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

"See, he's just harmless," said Laura Lowery.

Lowery pauses when she sees the dog forever locked in her heart while scrolling through pictures on her phone.

"His mother abandoned him, we ended up taking him in, we had to bottle feed him and everything, he was just my son," Lowery said.

Lowery said Jay-Bird, an American pit bull terrier or American bully, was friendly and a little pudgy for his breed.

And she said she'd give anything to be able to squeeze him again.

"I just don't know why people would do what they do, I just don't," Lowery said.

 On Halloween morning, she let Jay-Bird out into her fenced back yard.

And he never came back to the door.

"I went to go see why he wasn't back in, he was gone," Lowery said.

She checked her fence and searched the neighborhood with no luck.

Two days later, she received horrifying news.

"They found my dog on the rail trail, shot to death," Lowery said.

Jay-Bird's body was found just blocks away, riddled with bullets.

He was shot 12 times, including once in the head.

"Who could do that to an animal that never hurt or attacked anyone?" Lowery said.

The Humane Society of Bay County is asking that same question.

"A normal person does not do that," said President Jannie Wolicki-Nichols.

The organization announced on Wednesday, a $1,000-reward leading to the person's arrest.

The money's coming out of a new fund to help end animal cruelty.

"This person is dangerous to our society and our community," Wolicki-Nichols said.

And Lowery said that person ripped away a loved one.

"He was just a good, kind-hearted dog," Lowery said.    

Lowery said she hopes the reward provides enough incentive to track down the person who did this to her dog. She said she would hate for this to happen to another person.

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