NTX Family’s Service Dog Killed, Sheriff Investigating Case as Animal Cruelty

The Hunt County Sheriff is investigating the case as animal cruelty and offering a reward for any information.

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What to Know

  • The Hunt County Sheriff's Office is investigating after they say a service dog was killed near the owner's home.
  • Deputies responded on Sunday afternoon to the 9200 block of Brooke Lane in Quinlan for a report of animal cruelty.
  • The dog was a diabetic service dog for the family's daughter. There is a $1,000 reward being offered for any information.

The Hunt County Sheriff's Department is increasing the reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of a Quinlan family's service dog that was killed near their home on Jan. 13. 

Deputies responded on Sunday afternoon to the 9200 block of Brooke Lane in Quinlan for a report of animal cruelty, a release from the sheriff's office said. 

The service dog known as "Journey" was found with a gunshot wound. The dog was rushed to an animal hospital but did not survive, said the sheriff's office. 

"Journey" was a diabetic service dog for the family's teenage daughter, according to a Go Fund Me established for the family. 

Hunt County Crime Stoppers were offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information, but on Wednesday a Hunt County resident donated $5,000 to the fund. 

The reward for information leading to an arrest in this case is now at $6,000. 

The donor wished to remain anonymous. 

The Hunt County Sheriff's Department has partnered up with the SPCA of Texas on this investigation. 

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