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3 Fairhope juveniles arrested after shooting dog in front of owner

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According to Fairhope Police, a resident notified the Fairhope Police Department that her dog had been shot on Sunday.

The victim, Jacqueline Reed , said she was walking two pet dogs, each on a leash, in her yard. She stated that three juveniles approached her and one of the juveniles was armed with a shotgun.

The juvenile shot the dog, and then the three youths ran from the scene.

Reed told Local 15 that she's devastated at the loss of her dog.

She says it happened Sunday evening when she was walking her two dogs Boozie and Major.

Police say the suspects - 15, 12, and 11 year old boys - walked out of the woods and approached her.

Reed says she asked the kids what they were doing and that's when police say the 15 year old - who was carrying a shotgun - shot Major and the suspects took off.

They were later found nearby and arrested - at which time police recovered the shotgun as well as a rifle.

Reed says major died right outside her home...

"I just like raised major and I miss him and I love him," Reed said. "He was part of the family. I can't believe someone would be that cruel to shoot your dog right in front of you."

Police say both firearms were stolen but the owner has not been identified.

All three suspects were taken to the Baldwin County juvenile detention center - where they face serious charges

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ORIGINAL STORY

According to Fairhope Police, on September 10, 2017, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a resident of the 7000 block of New Era Road in Fairhope notified the Fairhope Police Department that her dog had been shot. According to the victim, she was walking two pet dogs, each on a leash, in her yard. She stated that three juveniles approached her and one of the juveniles was armed with a shotgun. The juvenile shot the dog, and then the three youths ran from the scene.

Responding officers from the Fairhope Police Department located the three juveniles in the area of Kirkman Lane and Pecan Avenue and took them into custody. Due to their status as juveniles, their identities are not considered public information, but they are:

• A fifteen (15) year old black male;

• A twelve (12) year old black male; and,

• An eleven (11) year old black male.

All three juveniles are residents of Fairhope.

Officers recovered a shotgun and a rifle. The investigation revealed that the firearms were stolen from a residence, but at this point the owner of the firearms has not been identified. Also, the investigation indicates that the fifteen-year old male was the one who shot the dog. All three juveniles were taken to the Baldwin County Juvenile Detention Center in Bay Minette.

The juveniles will face charges of felony cruelty to an animal as well as misdemeanor reckless endangerment. The victim, a fifty-two (52) year old female, was uninjured, but due to her close proximity to the leashed dog when the shotgun was discharged, there was a substantial risk of serious bodily injury, prompting the reckless endangerment charge. The dog died as a result of the injuries.

Investigators are attempting to identify the owner of the firearms, at which point additional charges relating to the theft of the firearms will be considered.

Residents are strongly encouraged to store firearms in a manner which will prevent thefts. If anyone has additional information about this incident, they are asked to call the Fairhope Police Department at (251) 928-2385.