Shooter Guns Down Dog In Madera: Was It Thrill Kill?

Recently a cute white Pekinese dog was shot and killed in the front yard of his home in Madera.{} No one saw it happen because the shooting occurred around three o'clock on Friday morning January 10th.

Now a{}four year old Madera girl keeps waiting for her dog to come home.{} But her Mother Mercedes Ontiveros doesn't have the heart to tell Zoey that their dog was shot and killed.

Zoey{}loved hanging out with her dog named Cee-lo Brown.{}{}Her{}Mom said they{}were pals.{} "He was always around everywhere. {}And everybody knew him and everybody played with him and everything."

On the second Friday morning of this month a heartless person took aim with a gun at the little Pekinese.{}{}Mercedes says one shot killed him.{} "I don't know how to tell her he got shot. {} I just told her he ran away and she thinks he's coming back.{}{}She keeps asking, Mom when is he coming back?{} How is he gonna do it without his dog house?"

After the shooting Mercedes posted a flyer in the neighborhood{}and{}gave the person who shot the dog a piece of her mind.{} It reads, "To the blank who shot my daughter's dog and breaking a four year old's heart. {} You must feel really good about yourself, shooting an innocent dog."

Mercedes Ontiveros didn't file a report with police but her family would like to see the person brought to justice.{}{} The group Friends of the Animal Shelter in Madera is offering a 500 dollar reward in hopes of catching the person who shot the cute little lap dog.