CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Alison Nicolosi pointed to the spot where "Estrella" was shot. The black and white husky suffered a broken jaw, two shattered teeth, a torn up tongue and is now on a feeding tube. "It's scary honestly," said Nicolosi, who runs the AZ Husky Rescue. "Scary that there's people out there who would intentionally try to just kill a dog for no reason."
"Estrella" was brought to AZ Husky Rescue a few days ago after Chandler police spotted her wandering the streets bloodied and battered near Chandler Blvd and Hamilton Street on Friday, September 3.
An x-ray shows small metal fragments lodged inside the dog's mouth. "The intention must have been to kill her, or maybe somebody was just drunk and messing around and being an idiot, who knows," said Nicolosi. "Animals should not be the ones to bear the brunt of that - it's not fair at all."
Nicolosi wants whoever did this to be held accountable. She said someone claiming to be the dog's owner reached out to the Arizona Humane Society saying they couldn't afford the dog's medical bills and were giving her up. Chandler police have now opened a criminal investigation. They plan to speak to Estrella's owner, with the hope of figuring out what happened.
"It's just so horrific and appalling that I really want to find who did this," said Nicolosi. This is the third dog this year, that's been shot and brought to AZ Husky Rescue.
If you have any information about the case contact the Chandler Police Department. "Estrella" is scheduled to have surgery and her medical bills are climbing. For more information on how to help "Estrella" visit AZ Husky Rescue's website.