Piedmont woman looking for answers after dog is found dead

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TRINITY, N.C. -- A Triad woman is offering a reward to anyone who may know how her dog was killed and who is responsible.

Anna King, of Winston-Salem, adopted her dog Tyson eight years ago. On Saturday, the pair went to Trinity to visit family at the house where King grew up. King let Tyson out of the car, as she had done for years. Tyson went into the neighborhood, where he had spent a good part of his younger years, but never came back.

King "started calling for him, didn't hear his collar dangling, no sign of him," she said. "I knew immediately something was wrong."

King and her family searched for him – driving around and knocking on doors in the neighborhood - until it got too dark and began to rain.

"It was horrible," she said. "I didn't even want to leave here that night because I felt like I may be leaving him in pain, or injured, or he was looking for me."

King's father said he had heard gunshots in the neighborhood shortly after Tyson went missing. There is a shooting range in the area, but he said the shots came from a different direction than that of the range.

"Not knowing was killing me. It was like he vanished," King said.

On Sunday, King's father was driving home from church when he noticed a dog on the side of Business 85 near the Randolph/Davidson county line. He didn't think it looked like Tyson, but after thinking about it, he returned on Monday morning. It was then that his suspicions were confirmed; it was Tyson, dead on the side of the road.

"He probably was really scared. I just think about what he was thinking; what happened. I hope he wasn't in pain, I hope he didn't suffer," King said.

King's father said it looked as though Tyson had been shot in the head and dumped there.

"Sadness, senselessness; it was so intentional that someone did this to him, and like I said, he's like my child. It's like someone took a piece of my heart," King said.

King has filed a report with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office. Investigators there say a deputy believes to have come across Tyson early Sunday morning, near the spot where his family eventually found him. The deputy said, according to eyewitness testimony, it looked as though Tyson had been hit by a car.

They say it may never be clear if Tyson had been shot, because he has already been buried. The only way it could be definitively determined is if Tyson were to be uncovered and brought to a veterinarian.

King is offering a reward to anyone who may know what happened to Tyson.

"It's just sad to know that I'm never going to be able to see him again. He was my best friend," she said.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Randolph County Sheriff's Office.

"Am I curious as to who it is, yeah of course," King said. "But, will I ever know? Probably not."

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