"Shot my dog right in front of me:" Fairhope woman's dog killed - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

"Shot my dog right in front of me:" Fairhope woman's dog killed in her front yard"

Major, a German Shepard mix, was shot and killed Sunday. Photo: Jacqueline Reed. Major, a German Shepard mix, was shot and killed Sunday. Photo: Jacqueline Reed.
FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) -

A woman is heartbroken after her dog was shot and killed in her yard, right in front of her. Police say a 15-year-old shot the dog with a stolen gun, while the woman was walking her dogs Sunday night. Two younger boys were also charged.

It happened on New Era Road off South Section Street in Fairhope.

Fairhope native Jacqueline Reed tells FOX10 News, she takes her dogs out to the same spot every night. But on Sunday, she had company.

"So I see three kids in my yard, back here. So I'm hollering and screaming like, who are y'all, what are y'all doing back here? And so my dog is getting very aggressive."

Reed says three boys she didn't recognize, who seemed to be waiting for her, came around the corner near her home. All of a sudden, one of them pulled out a gun.

"I'm like y'all need to leave, and I'm like that's a gun? Shot my dog in the back, and in the neck, right in front of me."

Her dog, Major, a German Shepard mix who she's had for six years, died right there. She says she yelled at the group before they ran away. 

"You just murdered my dog in front of me! And then they just like ran, and I was like, I'm calling the police."

They ran so fast, Reed says, that one of them left their shoes behind. Investigators say the kids, fifteen, twelve, and eleven years old, live in Fairhope, and the oldest one pulled the trigger.

Fairhope Police found the boys at this intersection about a minute away from where it happened. We're told the trio had two stolen guns.

Police don't know yet where the guns were stolen from, but Reed feels a lot better, knowing the kids are off the streets.

Major has been laid to rest in her backyard. 

"I look at it like he was a hero, I mean because I'm hollering and screaming, what are y'all doing here, and he's like doing his job...I know I can't get my dog back, but, just prosecute, for someone to murder my dog in front of me, as I'm walking him, I mean that's awful."

All three boys are in the Baldwin County Juvenile Detention Center in Bay Minette. They each face charges of felony cruelty to an animal and misdemeanor reckless endangerment because the woman was so close to the gun when it was fired.

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