The Ozark-Newton areas have had several reports of K-9's being shot or shot-at.
The most recent victim of this crime was a trained service and therapy dog who was found dead while his owners were out of town.
Beau Gales and her husband left town for a few days last week to attend her mother's funeral, by the end of the trip, they learned they lost another family member.
Gales says, "We were sitting, waiting to board an airplane when my cell phone rang. It was my mother-in-law, but she wouldn't talk to me--she wanted my husband and I thought it was highly unusual. So I started watching his face and his breathing and I knew something was wrong."
General Fuzzy had been killed by a buck-shot wound to his heart. Someone had allegedly walked onto their property and shot Fuzzy through his chain-linked fence.
The Gales believe it was intentional and for no reason at all. Fuzzy was a friendly dog who loved people and often interacted with the sick and elderly. She says “they'd see him coming because he was so sweet and soft and they could reach him because he was tall--and he was just an extremely special dog."
The Gale's aren't the only ones upset over his death. General Fuzzy was a service dog who often visited residents at Wesley Manor. Those whose lives were touched by the dog feel as though they've lost a friend.
What happened to General Fuzzy is considered a felony, punishable by a maximum ten year sentence and a five-thousand dollar fine.
A two-thousand dollar reward is being offered in this case. Anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party should call the Newton Police Department at 299-3361.