WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) - A Warren family heartbroken tonight after their dog is shot and killed in their backyard.
They say a neighbor did it-armed with a pellet gun and when police showed up to arrest the man they found a stash of other weapons.
"We're here visiting family and I found her in the backyard with a pellet in her side," said Kayla Guy.
Guy said that her 4-year-old miniature pincher Coco, her baby, and her family's everything,
"She was a part of our family and we only got to spend four years with her," Guy said.
Visiting her mother with her 9-month old son on Castle Street in Warren, Kayla Guy says Sunday that everything seemed fine.
"I let her out in the morning like I normally do and I always check on her to see what she was doing," she said. "I saw her laying the grass and her breathing was weird."
Kayla says when she took her dog to the vet; she didn't even realize Coco had been shot until she noticed a bump on the dog's left side.
"I never would have thought it was a pellet gun, entry wound or anything like that," Guy said. "I was just in shock,"
Guy says after trying to save her dog an hour and a half later, Coco was gone.
"She's been there for me when my husband's been deployed," she said. "She was my emotional support animal. Now I have nothing."
Warren police arrested the next-door neighbor. Guy says the man was seen shooting at another neighbor's garage. Another neighbor tells FOX 2, her car windows have been shot out several times. She believes she knows who did it.
"It's insane, you don't know who your neighbors are," she said. "It's scary."
Upon searching the neighbor's home Warren police say several weapons were discovered including long guns, a grenade and other explosives.
Now the 53-year-old is expected to be charged with animal torture and felony firearm. Warren police suspects he may have poisoned another dog in the neighborhood as well.
"I just hope he gets the maximum sentence that he can get," she said. "He took something that meant a lot. And we will never be able to replace her or bring her back."