Case Snapshot
Case ID: 17172
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
More cases in Hinds County, MS
More cases in MS
Login to Watch this Case

New features are coming soon. Login with Facebook to get an early start and help us test them out!

For more information about the Interactive Animal Cruelty Maps, see the map notes.

Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010

County: Hinds

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

A northeast Jackson neighborhood has become the target of criminals in recent months. The latest incident last Wednesday involved burglars breaking into a home on Colonial Circle, and before they made away with TVs and a camera they shot the families dog.

The dog's owner, who requested that we protect his identity came home to find his 6-year-old chocolate Labrador dead.

"I was horrified to find our dog Remy laying on the floor, near the back door, in a pool of blood," the victim said.

The homeowner said his dog was murdered when the assailants fired two rounds through a window on the backdoor. This break-in is yet another that the Colonial Circle community has endured in recent months.

The 300, 400 and 500 blocks of Colonial Circle have been hit burglars in December alone, but this act of violence has elevated the concerns of residents to a new level.

"We feel like if a gun is going to be used to kill a dog then what's next?" Remy's owner asked rhetorically. "I don't think they'll hesitate to kill the homeowner."

Another disturbing trend emerging is that the perpetrators are committing their crimes in broad daylight.

Another resident in the Colonial Circle neighborhood has lived in the community since 1988 and said it has never been like this.

"It's a bit of fear, but it's mostly anger at this point," he said. "We're sick of it."

Now this tight-knit group of neighbors that wished to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation is facing a discouraging reality.

"Shoot a man's dog to steal a television, or whatever, they're going to start shooting us next," he said. "Time to get out of this city apparently."

Remy's owner considers his dog a victim of murder, but he was told by police that the burglars could only be charged with animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is a misdemeanor in Mississippi.


« More cases in Hinds County, MS

Note: Classifications and other fields should not be used to determine what specific charges the suspect is facing or was convicted of - they are for research and statistical purposes only. The case report and subsequent updates outline the specific charges. Charges referenced in the original case report may be modified throughout the course of the investigation or trial, so case updates, when available, should always be considered the most accurate reflection of charges.

For more information regarding classifications and usage of this database, please visit the database notes and disclaimer.