A Williamson County family is trying to find out who shot and killed their Tibetan terrier with a pellet gun Friday morning.
Owner Elaine Wilson found Snowboots wounded on the side of the road near their home and immediately rushed the dog to the vet.
Veterinarians were unable to save the animal after learning its spinal chord had been severed by the pellet.
Wilson called Williamson County authorities to investigate.
“Around 7:25 a.m. she had left her home. When she left, the dog apparently went outside. When she came back, less than 15 minutes later, the dog was nowhere to be found,” said Sharon Puckett with the Williamson County Sheriff's Department.
Snowboots belonged to the Wilson's 11-year-old daughter, who adopted the rescue dog when she was just five.
The family said they have passed out flyers in the neighborhood in hopes of identifying the shooter.
“Things like this can be random. We don't have any other reports of things like this happening in that area or any other area right now,” said Puckett.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Williamson County authorities at 615-790-4000.