Senseless and cruel – family’s senior dog killed by crossbow


A family in Yavapai County, Arizona, is mourning the loss of their senior dog, who was killed by a crossbow. As reported by AZ Family, the deceased eight-year-old Mastiff was discovered on Thursday morning in the yard of a home in the Dewey/Humbolt area of northern Arizona.

The dog, named Django, had been let out to relieve himself around midnight by his family – they were unaware that someone had killed their dog. Responding deputies with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of the area but were unable to locate anyone.


Django’s owner expressed grief over their dog’s senseless killing, telling the news agency:

“He has been in our daughters life since she was one, and she refers to him as her ‘brother.’ He was known as a gentle giant, loved by everyone, and not a mean bone in his body. Please help us get the word out in this senseless, cruel, crime.”

The authorities have stated that there is no doubt the dog was intentionally killed.

Information needed

The authorities have opened an investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 928-771-3260. Those who wish to remain anonymous and become eligible for a cash reward if the suspect is arrested based on the tip, can call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Refer to case number 20-011782.

(Image via screenshot AZ Family)



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