UPDATE: Deputies investigating after family’s dog found dead from gun shot

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UPDATE: July 19, 2019 6:00 p.m. MOSSY, WV (WVNS) — A couple comes home from vacation to find their dog dead with a gunshot wound. The pet’s killer remains a mystery, but the owner is determined to find answers.

Dwight Rinehart said he cannot understand why someone gunned down his family pet.

“I don’t know why anybody would want to kill her,” Rinehart said. “But they did.”

On July 5, Rinehart said he came home from a camping trip to find his dog, Mandy, dead from a gun shot wound.

“My friend, Dale Burnside, was looking after my dogs while I was gone,” Rinehart said. “He called and told me he had bad news, someone had shot my dog. I asked him if she was dead and he said yes.”

Rinehart said when his friend checked on Mandy in the shed, she was dead. They determined someone must have shot Mandy while she was in the fenced-in area and she limped to the shed before bleeding out.

“I’d say somebody was in the road over there and walked up to the fence and just shot her,” Rinehart said.

After caring for her for seven years, Rinehart said had to bury his beloved Mandy under the trees next to his home.

“She was a special dog…really smart,” Rinehart said. “It’s easy to get attached to a dog like that.”

Fayette County Deputy, Michael Sifers, is investigating Mandy’s death.

“Some neighbors further down the road said they thought they heard maybe like a crack at 2 a.m. that Tuesday when the dog was found deceased. But they didn’t know if it could have been a firework or a gunshot,” Sifers explained.

Rinehart said his dogs would often bark at people when they passed by and he wondered if someone did it out of anger.

“What did they have to kill my dog for? They could have came and taken their spite out on me. I’m 74, I shouldn’t be too hard to whip, but evidently they haven’t learned how to stand up like a man,” Rinehart said.

Determined to find answers, he is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to Mandy’s killer. He plans to put cameras up to monitor who drives past his yard.

If you know anything, call Fayette County Deputies or Crime Stoppers of West Virginia.

ORIGINAL STORY: A family from Fayette County made a heartbreaking discovery after returning home from vacation; they found their dog dead from a gun shot wound.

Fayette County Deputies are now investigating the dog’s death. The dog’s owners told officers a friend was watching their two dogs. When the friend checked on one of the dogs in its shelter, it was dead. Deputies said the dogs were in a fenced-in area.

The owner is offering a $1,000 reward for any information. If you know anything, call Fayette County Deputies or Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP.

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