3 dogs shot, killed in Lancaster backyard

Three pet Chihuahuas were shot and killed at a home in Lancaster on Wednesday, police said.

Officers went to the home in the 300 block of North Catawba Street at about 6:30 p.m. to investigate, according to a release Thursday from Capt. Scott Grant.

The Chihuahuas were shot in the home’s backyard during the day while the homeowners were away.

Investigators believe the incident happened between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. There were no reports of shots fired, Grant said, and neighbors didn’t see anything suspicious.

A neighbor told the homeowner at about 2 p.m. Wednesday that the dogs were dead, according to the police report. The homeowner looked in her backyard and found all three dogs. She told officers she last saw the dogs – a mother and two brothers – at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, and heard them barking about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“We implore that anyone who has information as to the identity and whereabouts of the individual or individuals that committed this horrible crime contact the Lancaster Police Department as soon as possible,” Police Chief Harlean Carter said. “People who kill innocent animals should be considered as a danger to others.”

Those with information are asked to call Lancaster police at 803-283-1173, or an anonymous tip line at 803-289-6040.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082