A Dallas family's 6-month-old dog died after she was struck by stray bullet shortly after midnight on New Year's Day, the owners say.
Cristina Montoya said she and her husband heard multiple gunshots in their Pleasant Grove neighborhood during New Year's celebrations.
"They just kept on going, like gunshots and gunshots non-stop," said Montoya.
Shortly after laying down for bed, Montoya said they heard their dogs crying in the yard.
Her husband realized almost immediately that Lily, their 6-month-old dog, had been shot in her right side.
He rushed Lily to an emergency veterinarian. But when surgery was deemed too expensive, the family brought Lily home to say goodbye.
They only got a few more hours with her.
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“It could’ve been my children. It could’ve been my husband. It could’ve gone through my roof and hit one of my kids while they sleep. It was scary and it is scary to know this is happening," said Montoya.
Dallas Police reported nearly 1,000 calls related to gunfire over a span of just four hours on New Year's Eve.
“They don’t worry that their bullets are going to hit somebody and affect a family," said Montoya.
Dallas police said they were investigating incident and encouraged pet owners to bring their animals inside during New Year's celebrations.