A plea for answers from an Evansville man who says someone shot his family dog over the weekend.
The dog's owner believes someone in his neighborhood knows who shot her not once, but twice. He's wanting anyone with information to come forward.
"That was my animal, my family dog," says Fred Hinkle.
To Fred, Lyla was more than just a member of the family. She was best buddies with his six-year-old son.
"We had to explain to him why his family dog isn't here anymore," says Fred.
Which isn't too easy to do, he says, because it's hard for him to understand exactly what happened while his family was at a t-ball game Saturday night.
"She can jump above that fence and you can see her head as soon as we get here," says Fred. "We realized something was up as soon as she wasn't jumping."
That immediately sent Fred jumping into action.
"We went in the backyard and started calling her name," says Fred. "She was no where to be found."
That's when Fred says a neighbor told him Lyla had gotten out and he put her back inside the fence.
"As soon as I came around the corner, I saw her dead body underneath her favorite laying spot, right underneath the ping pong table," says Fred. "She had been shot twice. Once in the leg and once in the chest."
Fred believes someone in his neighborhood killed Lyla and he immediately called the Sheriff's Office to investigate.
"Everybody made a report about her being outside, but nobody actually saw the gunshot or saw what happened to the animal."
Animal Control, he says, took Lyla's body to perform an autopsy in hopes that might provide some answers.
"I know somebody in the houses close to me knows the answers and I want somebody to give them up," says Fred. "We have to live here by these people and figure out what's going on in this neighborhood. If somebody has some answers, I just need to know what those answers are because I have a six-year-old and a fiance that I have to protect."
Fred says he wants the prosecutor to take the case and investigate possible felony charges. He hopes that anyone with information will come forward by calling the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office.
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