Aurora family searching for answers in the shooting of their 12-year-old dog

AURORA, Ohio - An Aurora family is beside themselves after losing a member of their family March 13.

Dakota, a 12-year-old Husky, left Erin and Ryan Tongs' home around 1 p.m. and never returned again.

On the afternoon of March 13, Ryan let Dakota out of the house for some fresh air. About an hour later, Ryan realized Dakota wasn't answering his calls, which was highly unusual.

So, Ryan headed out into his Aurora Lake neighborhood in search of the family dog. The owner didn't get far before finding Dakota.

The dog was lying in Aurora Lake, unconscious. He was shot in his upper chest three times.

Ryan rushed his dog home and called his wife, Erin. The two took the family dog to Aurora Veterinary Clinic, a patient of 10 years, and had an autopsy performed. The clinic was able to collect three bullets and fragments from the dogs body. Those are now being tested by Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

It's been two weeks since the incident and all the Tongs know is the that the incident is an ongoing investigation by police.

The family is willing to offer a $500 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case. Call the Aurora Police Department if you have information.

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