Family grieving after neighbor 'euthanizes' their dog after it was hit by a car

Posted at 9:48 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 19:21:15-04

A Phoenix family is still trying to come to terms with the weekend death of their dog.

ABC15 spoke to a witness who said a neighbor "euthanized" Beau the pit bull with a sledgehammer after the animal had been struck by two cars.

Jessica Headley had been driving in the area along Oak Street near 37th Street and tried to help Beau. The dog crawled back to its home, but no one was there.

That’s when Headley said a neighbor brought over the sledgehammer, and hit the dog twice on her head, killing the animal. The neighbor believed Beau was in pain and needed to be put down, according to Headley. She pleaded with him to leave the dog alone, but to no avail.

Headley said she had planned to take the dog to a veterinarian.

“[The] last thing [the dog] saw, some stranger with a sledgehammer, that's horrible," Headley said.

The man, who Headley and the family identified as the neighbor, declined to comment.

Police went to the home Sunday night; as of Monday evening authorities said no one had been arrested or charged, and no citations were issued.

There are several 24-hour veterinarian offices in the Valley, and the Arizona Humane Society offers euthanasia services, with prices here.