GERMANTON, N.C. – A Forsyth County family is mourning the loss of their dog after they found their pet dead after he was apparently tortured to death over the weekend.
While out of town, Caudle's son-in-law found Scotty in the backyard Saturday evening. The 4-year-old dog had been beaten, shot several times and dragged behind a possible ATV.
Caudle showed WGHP a graphic photo of the dog with a large bullet wound in his stomach.
Caudle had been taking care of Scotty since her parents moved into assisted living.
"He always greeted you at your car door," said Joy Caudle who was taking care of her parents’ Australian Sheppard, named Scotty. "Such a loving, caring dog."
Caudle says the family doesn't have enemies and whoever did it had to enter their property. She said Scotty would never leave the yard.
"I can't image what goes through somebody's mind. Why would you do this?" Caudle said.
The loss is tough for the entire family, especially Caudle's granddaughters who enjoyed playing with Scotty.
"It just hurts our heart we just want justice for Scotty," Caudle said.
The family is offering a reward for information that could lead to an arrest.
Anyone with any information can call the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department or Forsyth County Animal Control.