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Family devastated, state police investigating after dog shot to death in Lyons

State police are investigating and asking for the public’s assistance in finding the person who shot a local family’s dog to death earlier this month.

It happened on Cherry Street in the town of Lyons on Tuesday, June 8, around 4:30 p.m.

According to police, Melissa Kersten was cooking dinner, when she opened the back door of her family’s home to help ventilate. She and her husband were in the living room a short time later when their 18 pound Dachsund exited through the rear door.

A short time later, her nephew pulled up to the home and saw the dog, named Dodge, lying motionless in the front yard. He entered the home and asked Kersten what was wrong with Dodge.

When they walked outside they found Dodge, laying motionless on the grass, and after rushing him to the veterinary clinic- staff there determined that there was a small bullet hole through his chest.

Dr. Charlotte Willardson of the Lyons Veterinary Clinic told troopers that the dog had died before it arrived. She removed an object from the dog that appeared to be a ‘BB’, which struck its heart.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police as they continue the investigation.