Injured Dog Helps Find His Shooter

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

MARTIN COUNTY - You may remember our exclusive story from Tuesday night. An animal massacre at a Martin County home left one dog dead, two others riddled with bullet wounds, and two more missing. Now it's one of those injured pups that's helping to find the shooters.

"I just think he's my little hero!" Traci Munoz, whose dogs were shot and killed, said.

You wouldn't know it by his big brown eyes or wet nose, but Oscar is certainly no ordinary dog.

"My dogs were minding their own business," Munoz said. "They didn't deserve to be shot or hurt."

Two gunmen drove circles around a Martin County home firing at all five of their dogs while Traci and her two children watched out their window. One of the dogs died and Oscar, their one year old lab, took a bullet in his back leg shattering his hip.

"I don't understand why," Munoz said. "Why my dogs? Why around here, period."

Oscar's back leg was in such bad shape that Thursday morning, the veterinarian had to amputate it. Oscar's family says he's doing just fine now but it was the bullet remnants inside his leg that led investigators to several people of interest.

"Determining what round Oscar was hit with will determine where he was shot," Martin County Sheriff, John Woodward, said. "It could help us figure out the firearm and where the projectile came from. He can still help, bless his heart, he was a victim and hurt, he is still apart of the investigation."

Several agencies, including the U.S. Marshals, saw our story Tuesday night and contacted Sheriff Woodward asking if they could help in the investigation.

"People have a heart for animals and want to help out with stuff like this," Sheriff Woodward said.

But there's one more bright spot in this story: one of those missing puppies found his way back home. Bashful didn't have any injuries, but the Munoz family is still waiting and hoping that Lady the last missing one, will find her way back home too.

"I think it's exciting," Munoz said. "I want these guys caught and justice served."

Martin County officials still need help solving this case. The vehicle they're looking for is a new white 4X4 Chevy pickup with an extended cab and a headache rack. If you have any information call the Martin County Sheriff at 432-756-3336.