By JOSH VARDAMAN
Courier staff writer
---- — OTTUMWA — An Ottumwa family who is still searching for who shot and killed their chocolate lab, Barney Brown, is now offering a reward for anyone who has information that may lead to the dog’s killer.
Randy Davis, whose family adopted Barney Brown in January from the Heartland Humane Society after the dog had been there for almost a year, said in a press release issued Tuesday that the family is offering a $500 reward for information leading authorities to the person responsible.
On Jan. 29, Randy’s wife Shirley and their daughter, Wendy, let Barney Brown and their other dog, a St. Bernard named Newton, into their fenced-in backyard to do their duties. Shortly after, according to a previous Courier article, Barney Brown came to the back door to be let back in. That’s when Wendy noticed quite a bit of blood coming from Barney Brown’s mouth.
Barney Brown died a short time later in his family’s arms, and Randy asked their family veterinarian to do an necropsy. It was discovered that the dog had been shot by a pellet gun, but there were no leads to who might have done this heinous act.
After investigations have now gone on for weeks, the family is still looking for answers.
Randy said in the news release that they have started a fund to help pay anyone who helps them find the killer. They are accepting donations, and if the perpetrator is not found the family will be giving the $500 donation to the Heartland Humane Society.
Anyone wanting to donate to the fund can do so by mailing a check or paying in person to “Friends of Barney Brown” at MidWest One Bank in Ottumwa or by going to this link: youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/friends-of-barney-brown/134577.
For those who have possible information on who could have killed Barney Brown, please contact Randy Davis at 641-680-2997 or the Ottumwa Police Department.
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