UPDATE: Minimal Evidence in Dog's Shooting Death

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

January 19, 2011

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WCAV) -- A family in northern Albemarle County is offering a large reward to find the person responsible for shooting and killing their 10-month-old Siberian Husky, Mattie.

As police continue their investigation into the shooting, the dog's family is not just sitting idly by. Ed and Yvonne Scarborough have been passing out flyers that offers $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot their dog in her own front yard.

The Fray's Grant family says the shooting happened in their subdivision on Saturday Jan. 15 between the hours of 7pm and 11pm.

For Albemarle County Police, Mattie's death is unusual, and answers are hard to come by right now.

"I have not seen anything like this. This is something new to us, it's a new front to us. Right now, we're working with minimal evidence," said Sgt. Darrell Byers.

A veterinarian was able to retrieve the rifle bullet from Mattie and the Scarborough family has turned that piece of potential evidence over to the authorities.

Police are not ruling out anything at this point in the investigation. They say Mattie may have been intentionally shot or even mistaken for a coyote.

In either case, the family wants to know what happened.

"Whoever done this, they know who done it, and they just need to step up to the plate and accept the responsibility. [Mattie] couldn't harm anybody. She wasn't doing anything wrong. The way I look at it, it could be worse. It could be a kid next time," said Kevin Souleyrette, the brother-in-law of Mattie's owners.

The shooting is just the latest in what residents are calling a rash of unsolved crimes.

"With lots of small children and our animals in here, we're very concerned for the safety of our families and pets," said Mattie's owner, Yvonne Scarborough.

The Fray's Grant homeowner's association has planned an emergency meeting to consider security measures like gates and surveillance cameras.

Anyone with information on Mattie's shooting death is asked to contact the Albemarle County Police Department at (434) 296-5822 or call (434) 974-7254.

The family released the following statement in an email to CBS19:

"We would like to thank everyone for their kind words.

As for [some of the comments]; you know nothing about our dogs. You are not in this 500 acre subdivision, there are only 10 homes and we are very close with all of them. So if she did bark, which she doesn’t how could you hear her from there? It's bad enough she is gone but to read your mindless comments doesn’t help anyone.

Just so everyone knows. We have an invisible fence covering six acres of our 22 acres for them to run around on. They are very well behaved and taken care of. They are brought in every night. We called them to come in and they didn’t come, Max was lying next to Mattie when we found her shot to death. We should not have to be concerned about the safety of our dogs on our own property.

She was only ten months old, and was the sweetest most affectionate dog you'd ever want to meet."

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