APACHE JUNCTION, AZ - A fourth animal has been found dead in the southeast Valley this month and authorities are teaming up to see if there is a connection.
Apache Junction police are investigating the latest incident.
Police say that on Sunday night around 9 p.m. Ted and Lisa McDowell found their dog “Scrappy” had been shot in the yard.
They’d let him out for half an hour and when he didn’t respond to calls to come inside they knew something was wrong.
Police say the dog had been shot twice and the veterinarian had to put him down.
Officers canvassed the neighborhood but found no one had heard the shots or they assumed any sound was thunder.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is already investigating three shootings in Queen Creek including another dog and two calves.
MCSO has now reached out to Apache Junction police to share information and determine if there is any pattern or connection to be found.
So far Apache Junction Deputy Chief of Police Tom Kelly says this seems to be an isolated incident.
“We’re hoping it doesn’t progress into a more serious event that happens because sometimes people start with animals and then lead on to other things,” Kelly said.
If you have a tip on the animal abuse in Apache Junction your asked to call 480-982-8260.
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