Investigators in Franklin County are trying to figure out who shot two dogs. Their owner says he knows who did it. Troy Breeden lives in the Glade Hill section of Franklin County just outside Rocky Mount. He says it’s hard to believe that someone would shoot his dogs. And, he says the shooter pointed in the direction of his home while his family was sleeping. “This man is crazy he can take a gun and shoot puppies,” Breeden said.
His two 10-month old puppies that are a mix of Great Pyrenees and Australian Shepherds. “I'm almost afraid to walk out in my front yard because this man wants to shoot at my puppies--.across the street in a neighborhood- I mean that's terrifying. I got grandbabies getting ready to come home from school,” he said. “I'm in bed sleeping-- my wife is on the computer—she hears gunshots--comes out again the man shoots again while she's on the porch,” he continued. Breeden says he believes a neighbor shot his dogs because they may have been chasing livestock.
One puppy, Apollo, has been in the Pet Clinic of Rocky Mount since Tuesday night. His brother, Zeus, is at the Franklin County Humane Society and was also shot. Zeus' injuries were not as serious.
We spoke with Anita Scott, co-director of the Franklin County Humane Society. “It's incredibly hard to see this. ... Apollo seems to be a great dog. And to know the suffering they went through --through no fault of their own…” said Scott.
Law enforcement found out about the situation when a volunteer tried to rush the puppies to the hospital and got pulled over by a trooper.
Captain H.L. Clingenpeel of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says an investigation is underway.”There is a person of interest and there is an ongoing investigation,” he said.
Meanwhile, Troy Breeden is concerned. "I'm almost afraid to walk out in my front yard because this man wants to shoot at my puppies -- across the street in a neighborhood. I mean, that's terrifying. I got grandbabies getting ready to come home from school,” said Breeden.
If you’re interested in adopting the dogs, contact the Franklin County Humane Society.