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Police may have suspect who fatally shot pet Bruno at point blank rage

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Aug 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-21 18:08:04-04

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. – On August 10, Pam and Tom Hennessey discovered their beloved dog Bruno’s body in the woods, just inside their property line. Investigators said Bruno had been shot at point blank range in the chest.

Now, police said they have the gun that might have been involved in that shooting. Police haven’t charged that suspect they believe shot the dog, yet. Investigators said charges could be pending.

“These were our kids. We’re like empty nesters and… Bruno was one of our children,” a tearful Pam Hennessey told WTVR CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil.

Pam and her husband Tom are having trouble coming to terms with why someone would shoot their beloved Bruno.

Tom discovered their dogs Bruno and Penny abandoned in Dinwiddie County a year a half ago.

“The two of them had such a bond, Bruno and Penny,” Tom explained.

In fact, the couple’s dogs and cats get along so well they often slept together.

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However, when Pam arrived home and only fond Penny this past Monday, she knew something was off.

“I knew something was up, because they’re always together, all the time,” she said.

The couple finally found Bruno in the woods just inside their property line Thursday morning.

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“My husband started kind of looking around — and lifted his front leg — and there was a bullet wound in the front of his chest,” Pam said. “This was a blatant, purposeful shot on this dog.”

Pam said her veterinarian told her that Bruno did not suffer for long because he “likely  dropped immediately or he did not go far” and then collapsed.

Tom and Pam said their other animals have realized something is very wrong, especially poor Penny.

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“She’s been depressed. She just seems like she’s been hanging around us all the time [and] under my feet constantly,” Tom said.

For a couple whose animals are all rescues, having one shot and killed is simply unthinkable.

“If someone would shoot a dog, a nice dog, a friendly dog, point-blank, I guess there’s no end to what they would do with a child or person or anything for that matter,” Pam said.

If you have any information about Bruno’s death, you are urged to call Prince George Crime Solvers at 804-733-2777.

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