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Beloved dog shot in his own backyard, Utah family looking for answers

A black lab mix was shot in backyard/Not the dog from this story.
Photo by Gary Gershoff

Who would shoot a beloved family dog in his own fenced backyard? That is what one Utah family wants to know after their 4-year-old pet, Burley, died as a result of being shot by a pellet gun on Monday. As reported by Fox 13 on March 18, family members want some answers on who would have killed their sweet dog.

Burley was let outside around 4:15 p.m. and his lifeless body was discovered at approximately 5:30 p.m. Owners Tom and Sherry Weaver have no idea why anyone would have shot their beautiful pet in the backyard of their Summit County home. After finding the non-responsive dog on the ground, Tom Weaver took Burley to the vet where he was examined thoroughly. X-rays showed that he had been shot with a pellet gun with four pellets embedded into his chest cavity and near his spine area.

The dog was said to be people-friendly and everyone that the pooch came into contact with seemed to love him. The family has lived in that dog-friendly neighborhood for 15 years. Burley was a shelter dog from Idaho and the family considered him to be a big part of their family. No one has ever bothered or complained about any pets previously, so this is certainly a mystery. However, they are almost certain that the shots came from the park that is towards the back of their property.

This tragic incident is now under investigation and the Humane Society of Utah is offering a $3000 reward for any information that would lead to an arrest and a conviction of the person that took this dog’s life.

The family's neighbors are also helping out by putting up posters to help find out who did this. This sweet black lab-golden retriever mix will be missed by his family that loved him for four years and gave him a good home for his short life.

The Summit County Animal Shelter is encouraging anyone with information on who might have killed Burley to contact them at 435-615-3985.

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