WATCH: A tragic situation in Satsuma, Alabama as police are looking for whoever shot and killed a dog right in its own yard. The dog was deaf – and so is his owner. Allen Carter reports.
TORONTO – Tragedy has struck a Satsuma, Alabama community after a deaf woman’s deaf dog was shot and killed Tuesday in its own yard.
Tabitha Venable has been deaf since the age of four. Years ago, she found an unwanted deaf dog named Si and decided to take him in.
“He was a beautiful dog I had to keep him.”
But everything changed Tuesday when Venable was out of the house. She came home to discover something was very wrong.
“I came home and he was very lethargic,” Venable says. “He was just walking and I looked at him and said ‘are you okay?’”
Si was suffering from a gunshot wound.
“They said it was a bullet, that somebody shot him,” Venable says. “They tried to do surgery and he passed away during the surgery.”
According to WKRG, local police are searching for a suspect.
“This is definitley a prime example of an animal cruelty case which is a class c felony,” Satsuma Police Chief Chris McLean says. “According to the vet it appeared to be a small calibre wound such as a 22-calibre.”
Venable is now without her best friend. On top of that, she’s not sure her neighbourhood is a safe place to live anymore.
“I don’t feel safe,” Venable adds. “If somebody shot my dog. It could happen to me – I can’t hear a gunshot. I’m deaf, he is deaf, anything could happen.”