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Owners speak out after dogs found dead on side of road
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Owners speak out after dogs found dead on side of road

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The owners of two missing dogs spent hours searching for them only to find out someone shot both of them and left their dead bodies on the side of the road. Now, the owners need your help to find out who did this.

The dogs disappeared Sunday and were found on the side of the road later that same evening. The owners say they think what happened to their dogs plays a part in a recent string break-ins in their neighborhood. They say three weeks ago someone tried to break into their home but their dogs scared them off.

"What do our dogs mean to us? Like family," said Lee Jackson.

"They are like our children," said Pam Gazette.

And now, those children, Stella and Tao, are gone.

"It was horrible," said Gazette.

Gazette and Jackson say they searched for them all day Sunday. They posted flyers and got the neighborhood involved. Gazette says someone called her claiming to have seen her dogs. Then she got another call.

"The dogs were dead," said Gazette.

Gazette says someone left her dogs here laying in the grass by this fire hydrant off of Cantrell Road near Robinwood Drive, which is just down the street from their home.

"What we think is that someone shot and killed them and then dumped their bodies," said Gazette.

Gazette says besides shooting Tao, it looks like someone also beat him.
"Tao's jaw was broken and his teeth were broken," said Gazette.

"The animals appeared to be deceased so they were unable to do any kind of life saving efforts on the dog," said Little Rock Police Department Lieutenant Sidney Allen.

Allen says they do not know yet if the person who did this personally knows Gazette and Jackson, but investigators are looking into that.

"They may have some phone records from when they called the owner," said Allen. "There may be other clues that were left that the suspect may not know about. So they are hoping they can find them."

Both dogs were more than just companions, they acted as Jackson's ears.

"They are like my hearing dogs," said Jackson.

Jackson is deaf. He says the dogs alerted him when they heard something. And now, he still tries to hear them even though they are no longer there.

"Our hearts are broken," said Gazette.

As of right now, the Little Rock Police Department does not have a suspect, but the case is being investigated as aggravated animal cruelty, which is a felony.

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