Investigators are working to figure out what led to a 9-month-old Border Collie mix getting fatally shot by a pellet gun while she was in a fenced-in backyard in a residential Star neighborhood Monday.
Police were called to a home on West Gambrell Street, which is in the Star Road/State Street neighborhood, just after 4 p.m. Monday.
A resident told investigators when he came home earlier in the afternoon, he discovered the family’s 9-month-old dog Dixie lying in the back yard, where she was visibly injured.
The family rushed the dog to the vet, who determined she had been shot at least three times by a pellet gun, which shot “diablo” pellets, a common ammunition for air guns.
The dog was not able to recover from her injuries.
The family was not home during the day and the dog was in the fully fenced-in back yard during that time. There was no evidence of a break-in.
Officers spoke to several neighbors Monday evening and continue to investigate, but do not have any leads at this time.
We are asking anyone with specific information about what happened to call Ada County Dispatch at (208) 377-6790.