It's unsettling to say the least. Oreo, a four year old papillion; shot feet from it's home.
Owner, Jenna Stough, says she heard the gunshot, but what she saw when the opened the door was horrifying.
"He was in agony, his intestines were hanging out and dragging behind him."
Stough said goodbye to Oreo less than a week ago, burying him the backyard.
Since then she's been trying to face the harsh reality of his death.
"My dogs were like my kids. It's like losing a family member."
Outside the Montgomery City limits, leash laws only apply to neighborhoods and subdivisions. Stough wants the laws to be stronger for animals like Oreo.
"I want to change things, to make it better."
The issue of animal cruelty goes deeper than Oreo. Alabama State University Professor, Larry Spencer, says it could be a precursor to human violence.
Spencer explains, "Generally if you look in the history of serial killers or multiple murders, you will probably find some indication of animal cruelty in their background."
Spencer says it doesn't stop there. Animal violence is also a threat-marker for future battery and domestic violence charges.
"It's an attraction to control. They have no compassion for the animals or the victims."
For Stough, the fight is just beginning. Oreo's counterpart, Rosie, is a daily reminder of what she lost, and the need to protect all of Montgomery County's canine companions.
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