As families on Liberty Street in Dublin continue to grieve over the loss of several family pets, Dublin police continue to search for the person(s) responsible for shooting and killing the beloved dogs.

“We are taking this seriously and we are trying to figure out who did this,” said Sgt. Ken Drozeski. “We will prosecute them.”

The investigation has faced a few challenges along the way. One cause of death was changed from being shot to being mauled by another very large dog. In the other cases, however, lack of evidence is hampering the investigation.

“The problem that we’re having is that there are no witnesses and no traceable evidence,” Drozeski said.

Investigators are now uncertain if all of the dogs were shot by the same person or with the same caliber weapon.

“Some of the wounds are the same, but not all of the wounds are the same,” Drozeski said.

A few leads have trickled in, but nothing has panned out so far.

Drozeski said the department is used to dealing with animal cruelty cases but has never faced anything of this magnitude. Generally, the cases they handle involve neglect, meaning the owner is not providing adequate food, water or shelter for the animal.

He said the city had a problem a few years ago with people organizing chicken fights, but after cracking down on those involved and sending a few people to jail, the problem has subsided.

Under Texas law, the shootings are classified as cruelty to non-livestock animals, a class A misdemeanor. If convicted, the person(s) responsible for shooting and killing the family pets could be fined up to $5,000 and sentenced up to five years in jail per incident. If the offender has a prior conviction, the penalties get tougher.

Cruelty to animals classified as livestock carries a steeper penalty in Texas. That offense is a state jail felony and an offender faces up to a $10,000 fine and two to 10 years in prison per incident.

Drozeski urges anyone with information about the Dublin dog shootings to contact police at 254-445-3455.