Dog found shot in Malden, Mo. dies, reward offered

Reward offered in deadly dog shooting

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) - A dog was found shot in Dunklin County over the weekend later died.

Now, there’s a reward to find the person responsible.

“It was time to set out a reward and see if we can get information on who shot Sebastian and who left him running in that much agony” said Director of the Caruthersville Humane Society, Karol Wilcox.

“Right now, what we’ve put in is $200 and I understand maybe there are some people who are going to donate later through Malden,” she said.

Wilcox hoped to find out who shot Sebastian and why.

“We haven’t had anyone come forward to say: I have a valid reason for shooting this dog,” Wilcox added.

An explanation might justify why he was shot, but not why it wasn’t fatal at the time of the shooting.

“In Missouri, if a dog is off of your own property, and is on someone else’s property, and its aggressing on personal property you have the right to defend yourself. We always value the human life over the animal life,” Wilcox said.

In Sebastian’s case, she said he was found in extreme agony and pain.

“But in that instance, you should shoot the dog to kill the dog. Not to injure the dog and leave it running in injury,” Wilcox said.

That is why she is demanding answers.

“It leads to question, that why didn’t someone, if they were close enough to do this kind of harm to him, why didn’t they go ahead and put him down. So, I just think there is more to this story than we are looking at,” she said.

KFVS12 reached out to the Malden police department. They said the dog was found within the city limits.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the dog was injured within the county.

The police department is asking people to take that into consideration before calling in with tips.

Anyone with information about the shooting of Sebastian is asked to call the Humane society in Caruthersville.

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