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3-year-old dog shot and killed in east metro, Centennial Lakes Police investigating

Updated: December 06, 2019 06:44 PM

An east metro woman says her family dog was shot and killed by their next door neighbor. Now the Centennial Lakes Police Department is investigating the incident. 

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The dog's owner, Danielle Rajewsky, said Buddy was a 3-year-old Dachshund.

"He was very loving if he knew that someone was upset he would jump up and cuddle against you," said Rajewsky.

On Wednesday morning, she noticed her Dachshund's barking turned to yelping.

"I glanced outside and saw my dog laying on its side, kicking his feet and screaming in pain," Rajewsky said.

She rushed Buddy to the vet, thinking maybe her bigger dog attacked him. But Rajewsky said that wasn't the case.

"The vet had told me that he was shot with a pellet gun at close range," Rajewsky said.

Buddy died the next day. Rajewsky believes her next-door neighbor is responsible, claiming that he's threatened her dog in the past.

"I would like to tell him that he's caused a great burden, and he's hurt a lot of people," Rajewsky said.

The neighbors declined to comment. The Centennial Lakes Police Department said it's now investigating the incident, calling it "a very serious matter," and said charges are anticipated in the coming days.

"I'd like to see him serve some time for this," Rajewsky said. "Buddy is irreplaceable."

If you want to help the Rajewsky family cover the costs of Buddy's medical expenses, you can see a GoFundMe here.

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