By Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) - Police say the fatal shooting of a German shepherd in the backyard of a Methuen home was a deliberate act.

The dog, named Moose, was found dead Thursday by a homeowner in the fenced-in yard. The family also owns two other German shepherds.

No arrests are reported.

Police Capt. Kristopher McCarthy said investigators believe the shooting was “absolutely intentional” and they are seeking clues.

McCarthy said the owners told police they were not aware of anyone with a grudge against them.

Neighbors say the dogs were large but gentle and well-trained.

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was also notified of the incident.

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