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Allentown family searching for answers after pet dog shot, killed

"Rebel" was shot twice in broad daylight.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Three candles now sit on the step where an Allentown family found its beloved dog shot to death Friday morning.

"We lost a part of our family," Rachel Cruz said.

Cruz was upstairs in her room when the gun shots rang out.

"I heard my mom screaming, 'they shot Rebel, they shot Rebel," Cruz said.

Rebel was the family's three-year-old pit bull.  They say he was playing in the backyard with their other dog when his bone slid under the fence.  He somehow wiggled underneath and was in the alley behind the house when his life was taken.

"I heard bang, bang, bang and I thought it was firecrackers or something," said the dog's owner, Victoria Lucas.

Lucas was sitting in the kitchen with her sister, Kathleen, when Rebel was shot.  She says they ran outside and saw a man in a blue Nissan Altima speed away.

"It was malicious, it was barbaric, there was no reason," said Kathleen Delgado, Lucas' sister.

The family members say they have no idea who did this or why he would kill a dog, but they say that person is dangerous and needs to be caught.

"If you'll kill an animal, you'll kill anybody," Delgado said.

A neighbor was outside during the incident and called Allentown Police.  While the investigation continues, the family says they are in mourning, feeling empty without their gentle giant.

"Just one big teddy bear, he just loved, I raised him from baby on up," Lucas said.

"Whoever did this, I hope you rot in jail because that's what he deserves, to rot in jail," Cruz said.

The family is offering a reward for anyone with information on the person responsible.  Cruz said she plans to start a GoFundMe page to increase the reward money and if the police catch the person first, she says she'll donate the fund to the humane society or a local shelter.

Anyone with information that could help solve the case is asked to call the Allentown Police Department.

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