Case of slain Smyrna dog remains unsolved

SMYRNA — The shooting death of a dog nearly two weeks ago may have been intentional, officials said Wednesday.

Lyla, an adult female Pitbull-terrier mix, was found dead from gunshot wounds in her owner’s yard on May 2 after disappearing three days earlier.

Via a news release the day after the discovery, Delaware Animal Services issued a plea for the public’s assistance in solving the animal cruelty case, but a spokesperson said no responses arrived.

According to DAS, the canine disappeared from her owner’s yard in the 300 block of Eagle Way on the night of April 29. She was discovered deceased early in the morning of May 2.

Delaware Animal Services asked anyone with information on a potential suspect or suspects to call lead investigator Capt. Reed Jones at 255-4646.

Capt. Jones said that finding an animal that’s been shot to death is “extremely rare.”

Investigation continues and DAS officers are following up by contacting persons already interviewed and connected to the case, DAS said.

Also, authorities are contacting area businesses and homeowners and reviewing available security camera footage, and have gone door to door checking on neighbors who may have witnessed or heard any suspicious activity.

Citing the ongoing investigation, DAS would not disclose what type of firearm was believed to be involved or whether the dog was wearing identification tags at the time of her death.

A necropsy of the dog’s body was conducted to determine a cause of death, DAS reported. The remains are being held as evidence.

The dog’s owners declined comment.

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