HELPER CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A Helper City family is left with more questions than answers after their dog was shot and killed in their front yard in what police are calling a “targeted attack.”
“Fishing, hunting, truck driving — she’s been everywhere with me,” said Dennis Marshall, whose dog Jazman was killed by a pellet gun.
During a phone interview with Good4Utah’s Brittany Johnson, Marshall said Jazman, a 5-year-old Red Heeler, was his best friend. Now that she’s gone, he only has memories to hold onto.
“I can’t believe somebody would do this to an animal,” Marshall said.
The incident happened last Thursday. Marshall said after he got home from work he went to feed and check on his two dogs and noticed Jazman wasn’t running around yard.
Recalling that moment, Marshall said, “I thought she got out and I called her and called her and called her and I walked to the front of the house and I found her against the fence and she was dead.”
With the help of his father, Marshall said, “We picked her up and put her on the back of the truck and she has a puncture behind her right shoulder and I told him she’d been shot!”
A veterinarian determined the dog had been shot with a metal Bb-tipped pellet believed to be from a .177 caliber air gun. If the person(s) responsible is found and convicted, the sentencing will depend on the intent.
“Was this an accidental shooting and if so why was somebody discharging a firearm so close to a home? And if it was intentional we definitely want to deal with the fact that somebody was maliciously targeting a dog and get them the help they need — get them off the street,” said Deann Shepherd, Director of Marketing and Communications, Humane Society of Utah.
“I honestly think I was targeted,” Marshall said. “just the way she was found and where she was found in my yard, they’ve had to scope out the area.”
Helper City police echo that statement.
“Jazman was in a fenced enclosure in its own yard at the time which made this a targeted attack,” stated Chief Trent Anderson, Helper City Police Department in a press release.
“If they’re willing to do that to an animal what would they do to a person?” Marshall asked.
At this time Helper City police have no credible leads. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact them at (435) 472-3719, or email any information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a $5,600 reward for any information that can help lead police to the suspect(s).