The owners of a dog that was found shot and killed in a nature preserve in Wallingford spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News and are pleading with whoever did this to their dog to come forward.
Celynna and Michael Linton of Chaplin said their dog Bella had a zeal for life and an appetite for adventure. Bella had been missing for about a week, but her owners never imagined this would've happened to her.
Photos of Bella bring her owners just a tiny bit of joy during the difficult days.
"Bella was a really friendly, athletic, really loving, sweet dog," Celynna said.
Celynna is a dog and animal lover, but she said Bella, a two-year-old Boxer-Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, was special.
"She was her own dog, very independent, but also really active and always up for adventure," Celynna said.
Bella disappeared on Thanksgiving and at first Celynna and Michael assumed she was just taking a walk. As more time passed, concern turned into fear, but Celynna tried to stay optimistic.
"My most hopeful feeling was that she was such a sweet dog that someone picked her up and then fell in love with her," Celynna said.
But sadly that's not what happened.
"I think it's pretty clear that it was intentional at this point," Micheal said.
On Thursday, someone walking in the Tyler Mill Preserve in Wallingford spotted a dead dog. The dog had been shot in the head and on Friday, Celynna identified the dog as Bella. The preserver where she was found is 60 miles from the Linton's home.
Bella had been wrapped in a blue tarp and dumped at the bottom of an embankment.
"I'm heartbroken, I really want to know why," Celynna said.
Police are trying to figure out who killed Bella. The Lintons just want the killer to understand what they took from them can't be captured in photos.
"I just want them to know that she was loved," Celynna said.
Anyone with information about this story is asked to calling the Wallingford Police Department. Police have not made any arrests at this time.
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