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Family seeks answers to who shot, killed their dog in their backyard

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A Nashville couple hope an outpouring of support will bring them answers to who shot and killed their dog in their own backyard.

"We've received cards from strangers," said Jeremy Franks-Snow. "We've received food and flowers. Strangers are stopping by the house to offer help for whatever we might need."

A few years ago, Jeremy and wife, Julie, had a book made of the first year at home for their dog, Callie.

"We dressed her up at Christmas with a little scarf and a little dog hat," said Julie, thumbing through the pages.

Now, more so than ever, that book is something they treasure.

"We're thankful now that we have this," said Julie.

"I just realize how irreplaceable she is," Jeremy added.

On Wednesday, Callie and the couple's other two dogs were in the backyard of their Danby Dr. home when Jeremy noticed something was very wrong.

"I looked out the kitchen window and saw Callie lying beside the deck," said Jeremy. "The way she was behaving, it just seemed pretty obvious she'd been shot. Once we picked her up, she was gone. We were informed that night that this was a misdemeanor and considered property damage which is really hard to accept."

Saturday the neighborhood pulled together to start building a new fence around the home. Julie and Jeremy worry someone may have gotten into their yard and shot Callie by going through a space where the chain link can be lifted.

"It's really easy to do this to somebody, and there's an element of despair that we feel that nothing will be solved," said Jeremy.

Spending their days working and waiting for answers, the couple have posted signs offering a cash reward for information.

"It's not just us," said Julie. "Everyone is scared for their dogs."

In the meantime, the couple said their dogs have been profoundly impacted with Callie gone. 

"She doesn't understand she lost her best friend," said Julie, motioning to the couple's golden retriever, Annie.

Their family's now finding comfort in letters, cards and a book of memories.

"She was just the sweetest, most beautiful dog," said Julie. "We can't lose another member of our family. This has been the worst thing that's ever happened to us."

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