Much more than personal belongs were lost Tuesday in a break-in south of Weatherford.
Whoever burgled the home in the 300 block of Harmony Circle also killed the family’s pet pit bull, 11-year-old Moline.
She was found in the living room with a gunshot wound to the head.
"Moline’s death is an outrage," said Sheriff Larry Fowler, who vowed to double the $1,000 reward, offered for information in the case.
Tom Soap told investigators that he came to visit his mother and found the front door open, according to a news release from Fowler’s office.
The house was in disarray with overturned beds, drawers rummaged through, and various items strewn about several rooms.
Soap said someone took a pillow case from one of the bedrooms and filled it with jewelry and other items, but left it inside the garage.
Other missing items, however, included a .22-caliber rifle, a nail gun, knives, and an impact drill.
But the loss of Moline hurts the most.
"She was a family member," Soap said.
If caught, whoever did this could face charges of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony, and cruelty to non-livestock animals/torture, a state jail felony, according to the news release.
The $1,000 reward, before Fowler’s contribution, will be paid from the Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Cruelty reward fund, the news release stated.
Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at 817-594-8845, or Parker County Crime Stoppers at 817-599-5555. Callers to the tip line can remain anonymous.
— Bill Miller