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Case ID: 19826
Classification: Shooting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Jan 3, 2013

County: Delaware

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Chester Township police are looking for the person responsible for killing a dog in an alley Thursday.

Police responded to a report of shots fired along the 1300 block of Powell Road at 9:17 p.m. Thursday. They arrived to find a large Saint Bernard dead an the alley to the rear of the 4000 block of Worrilow Road, according to a police report. The dog appeared to have been shot multiple times.

The dog's owner, of the 1300 block of Powell Street, said she let the dog outside after eating -- its typical routine, the report said. Within minutes, the owner heard gunfire and looked out to see the dog laying in the alley outside her fenced yard, the report said.

"Someone took a dog out of the resident's yard and just walked in the alley and shot it," Police Chief Kenneth J. Coalson said Sunday afternoon.

The police report said a single .9mm shell casing was recovered from the scene.

One witness told police she saw two black males running from the area. One was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and the other was wearing a black and white hooded sweatshirt.

Coalson said police were still investigating possible leads on the case.

"We're looking," Coalson said. "Hopefully, during the next week something will turn up. Maybe we can grab this guy."

Several other witnesses said they heard three gun shots, but only observed the dog laying in the alley, the report said. Each of the witnesses told police the dog was very friendly and not vicious.

Coalson vouched for that, saying several police officers were familiar with the dog.

"It wasn't a nuisance dog," Coalson said. "We never had any calls for barking or anything."

Coalson said someone also had shot out an electrical box in the same development earlier last week.

"We don't want this gunplay to escalate to something else," Coalson said. "They're shooting an electrical box. They're shooting at a dog. What's next?"

Anyone with information is asked to contact Chester Township police at 610-494-0211. Detective James Mullen is handling the case.

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