FORT WORTH –– A young couple feels like they are under siege in the home they just bought after someone shot and wounded their dog, a boxer pup named T-bone.
It happened Wednesday night in the backyard of the couple’s home on Collinwood Avenue in an upscale west Fort Worth neighborhood.
“All of a sudden my dog comes yelping in, crying in, cowering down,” Evin Sisemore said.
She and her husband, Justin, called 911. It came to police as a report of a person with a gun. That prompted a SWAT team to surround a neighbor’s home.
The neighbor emerged about two hours later, was questioned and released pending further investigation. The weapon, it turns out, was likely an air soft gun. Children play with them and sometimes shoot each other.
But the projectiles can do damage. The Sisemores saw whelps on T-bone’s back a few days earlier and thought they were some kind of bites. But when they took their bleeding dog to the vet after Wednesday’s shooting, they discovered he had actually been shot several times.
The veterinarian removed several pellets.
The Sisemores posted video of their recovering pup on social media to alert other dog owners. But they also fear for their own safety.
“We have guns in the house now, blankets over the windows,” Justin said. He said they’ll also blanket their new home with cameras, and erect a tall wall if the city allows it.
“I know it’s a dog, but he’s like a child,” he said. “The only child we have.”