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Killer of family dog sought

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A family is mourning and looking for answers tonight as their beloved dog is shot and killed in cold blood.

Sumo, the family blue Dobermann wandered off Friday in the Macheche area. After he was found, the family veterinarian told owner Dave Silva Sumo was shot at close range with a small caliber bullet, possibly from a rifle.

Silva said bled out about 200 yards from the Silva family home.

"My hope is that he didn't suffer - but the people who are left behind are suffering," he said. 

Silva fighting back tears as he shared what it was like to find a member of his family dead under the mango tree. He's offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Sumo's killer.

"If you shot my dog come clean admit to it," Silva said. "I'm a God fearing person. I could find forgiveness but I think that the justice system should do its job and take care of that. I've got a little girl and a wife that feel 50 times more painful than I do and I've got to answer to them so I've got to do the right thing and find the person that did this to our family member."


It's illegal to shoot a dog unless you're defending yourself or your livestock from attack. But Silva said Sumo was well behaved and didn't deserve to die.

"Sometimes I come home and sit in the garage and think and he would come over and on a regular basis put his head on my lap," he said. "If he was a guy, I would imagine it would be that same as putting his arm around you and patting you on the back. He was a good friend."


If you have any information on Sumo or his killer, call Guam Crimestoppers at 477-HELP or Dave Silva at 777-2668.

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