On Sunday afternoon, Kimberly Jones, 32, let her dog, "Loki," outside of her Carter County, Tenn., home for a potty break. Moments later, her dog was dead - shot and killed by her neighbor, Joe Garland.
According to Tuesday's Johnson City Press, the 37-year-old man responsible for Loki's death told the authorities that he was out target practicing when he saw the dog and shot him.
Loki was reported to be at the property line between the homes at the time of the shooting.
Garland defended his actions, explaining that he believed that Loki was a stray dog who had attacked his own dog the day before.
Garland apparently realized his mistake shortly after killing Loki however.
When he walked through the woods to where the dog had fallen, he realized that the collared dog belonged to the Jones family and he rushed to remove the body before the family's children would see what had happened.
It was too late, and the damage was already done.
Jones and her son, Dylan, had watched the traumatic scene unfold from the window of their home.
As of Tuesday, there were no charges against the man who shot and killed Loki. Now, friends and family of the Jones are hoping to see justice for the dog who died a violent and premature death.
Those hoping to see charges against Joe Garland are asking that polite and respectful emails be sent to the following officials:
Sheriff Chris Mathes: firstname.lastname@example.org
County Mayor Leon Humphrey: email@example.com
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