Family dog intentionally shot and killed by hunter in Alamance County

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- Social media posts lead to animal cruelty charges against an Alamance County man.

Investigators initially started investigating the case as a hunting accident, it quickly changed into a criminal investigation and they arrested 20-year-old Trevor White after they say he shot and killed a dog.

Allison Dixon rescued Ellie when she was 6 months old. She had a broken leg and came from an abusive home. The pit bull mix quickly learned to become a farm dog. "She hung by and stayed around the farm. She was everywhere where the Gator was," said Dixon.

Earlier this month, Dixon was on Facebook and saw a post allegedly from White about shooting a dog. Within hours Dixon knew that dog was Ellie.

"If this was an accident, by all means I would forgive him in a heartbeat because accidents happen. But I know this wasn't an accident. He bragged about it and posted about it," said Dixon.

Dixon showed FOX8 a screen shot from a video White allegedly posted with the caption in part, "My hunt was ruined by 2 dogs running 2 does. So I had to let one rip on the dogs."

"To me this is just a total injustice to just shoot a dog and think it's just a dog. She had a name, her name was Ellie Mae. She was ours and we loved her and now she is gone," explains Dixon.

Allison Dixon is working with animal cruelty groups in hopes to raise awareness. She has created a Facebook page titled Justice for Ellie Mae. In less than two weeks the page has more than 7,000 likes.

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