Weatherford Democrat

April 11, 2013

Dog killed during home burglary

Sheriff Fowler adds to Crime Stoppers reward offer for information

Weatherford Democrat

— Parker County sheriff's investigators are investigating a home burglary that involved the killing of a dog.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the incident occurred Tuesday in the 300 block of Harmony Circle, south of Weatherford off Tin Top Road, in Parker County.

A sheriff’s report states a man went to his mother’s home and observed the front door standing open. Inside he found his 11-year-old pit bull, Moline, dead in the living room of the residence with an apparent gunshot wound to its head.

Numerous items were reported stolen from the residence including a .22 rifle, a nail gun, 10 case knives, an impact drill and driver and a gym bag.

Tom Soap said he is saddened by the loss of Moline. He said he had her since she was 6 weeks old.

“She was a family member,” Soap said.

Soap also reported the suspect or suspects took a pillow case from one of the bedrooms and filled it with jewelry and other items but left it inside the garage of the residence. The house was left in disarray with overturned beds, drawers rummaged through and personal items strewn about in several rooms.

Officials are asking for the public's help. Anyone with information concerning the case is urged to contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at (817) 594-8845, or Parker County Crime Stoppers at (817) 599-5555.

Callers may remain anonymous when calling the Crime Stoppers hotline. Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect(s) involved.

“The sheriff’s office takes home burglaries and crimes against animals seriously,” Fowler said. “Moline’s death is an outrage.”

Fowler vowed to add an additional $1,000 to the reward for information leading to an arrest for Moline’s killer. The reward will be paid from the Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Cruelty reward fund.

The person or persons involved face charges of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony and cruelty to non-livestock animals/torture, a state jail felony.