A neighborhood is shaken after a family pet was found shot and killed just days after a similar incident happened in the same county. Now, the dog's family and the Humane Society are waiting for an investigation they say is long overdue.
Clay Lerch of the Warren County Humane Society said he needs to know what happened that led to the death of a family dog, Jake.
"It's a pattern out here," said Lerch. "Dogs and cats and even horses are reported, and it doesn't seem like anything ever gets done."
Saturday afternoon, residents on Driftwood Lane in McMinnville said a woman new to the neighborhood claimed Jake had bitten her on the hand. Kids in the neighborhood said they later watched a man with that woman beat Jake with a bat in a wooded area near their home.
Lerch, alongside Jake's owner, went out to pick up Jake's body when they found out that Jake had also been shot.
"As I moved the body, there was two clear bullet wound marks and then I found a third," said Lerch.
Jake's owner said she called the Warren County Sheriff's Department only to be shocked no one immediately came to investigate after gunshots had apparently been fired in the neighborhood. Both Jake's owner and Lerch claimed to have had trouble filing reports with the department both Saturday and Sunday morning.
"In cases like this, we want somebody to actually come out and check on the case and investigate it like any other crime," said Lerch.
Warren County Sheriff Jackie Matheny told Channel 4 any accusation his department isn't concerned with the case is absolutely false. He said a report has now been filed, and an investigator will go out to the neighborhood Monday.
News of Jake's death comes just days after boxer-mix Corona was found beaten and shot on a road also in Warren County.
"It's gotten to a point where we want to see something done," said Lerch.
We went to the home of the couple neighbors claim killed Jake. No one answered the door. Neighbors said they don't know who the couple is and they've only lived in that home for a week.
Most residents we talked to told us there's no way Jake could be violent. They said he played with the youngest children every day. A few other residents said Driftwood Lane does have a general dog problem and the animals can get aggressive when they're in packs.