QUEEN CREEK, AZ - A total of three animals have been found shot dead in Queen Creek over the past month. Animal Cruelty Investigators with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department are actively looking for the person responsible.
At the beginning of the month, two calves were shot and killed in a pasture off of Superstition Drive. The rancher who owned them found the calves the following day. The next victim was a 7-year-old Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso mix named Lola. Owner Ray Epps let her out Saturday night to use the bathroom before bed and she never came back.
"She usually barks ten minutes after I let her out and we go get her. She never barked that night. We got worried and started yelling for her, searching for her even the next day. My wife was devastated," said Epps.
On Tuesday, Epps' neighbors found Lola a mile away from their home shot dead under a bush.
"She had two exit wounds on her body. Very disturbing. She was a sweet little dog. Whoever did this is just sick," said Epps.
Epps is now convinced the same person killed his dog and the calves. He's now worried for the safety of his entire community.
"I can't imagine this not being related. A couple years back we had a couple men running around Phoenix killing people. Shooting them out of their car window and the investigation turned up that they shot animals before they started on people," said Epps.
The Epps family along with others from the community are offering a reward for $1,500 for any information that will help lead to an arrest.
If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at 602-876-1681.