‘Last Warning’ Given After Dog Found Shot to Death

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FLOYD COUNTY, Iowa — An eastern Iowa woman is calling for justice after her dog was found dead.

Usually Banjo and Chico spent their days roaming their owners’ seven acre farm, but one day in January Chico didn’t come back.

According to KWWL, at first the Ponto family of Floyd County thought it was an accident and Chico was hit by a car, since his body was found in a ditch.

But then, the family got a letter. “Tell your client to keep their (expletive) dogs tied up,” Donna Ponto read. “This one is dead. He was caught chasing deer three miles from home. And he said ‘last warning.’” The letter included the dog’s tags.

Ponto said she wishes the sender would have come to them to talk this out.

“I’m just heartbroken,” Ponto said. “He was my boy. He was our boy. It’s like you murdered a part of our family. What do we do with that?”

The sheriff’s department has some leads, but nothing solid yet. Authorities are talking to the county attorney about what crimes may have been committed.

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