- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ISLIP TERRACE, N.Y. (AP) - Police are investigating to determine whether criminality was involved in the death of a dog found in the backyard of a Long Island home.

Suffolk County police say the 85-pound pit bull was discovered Saturday in the family’s yard. Police didn’t disclose the cause of death.

But the dog’s owner, John Balk, tells Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1xNqLeJ ) that 4-year-old Jax was shot to death and a pellet was found in his chest.

The owner of Grady Animal Hospital in Sayville, where a veterinarian performed a necropsy on the dog, said Jax died from a pellet shot.

The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says the agency also is investigating. It asks anyone with information to call 631-382-7722.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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