BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — As temperatures warmed and a Broadview Heights pond began to thaw, a woman noticed something in the water.
Thinking it was a deer, she called the warden to fish it out.
But it wasn’t a deer. It was a dog with a bullet wound in its chest. A dog named Sienna that a family had been searching for since January.
It was a sad ending to a story that could have turned out much different.
Sienna’s owner, who described the pit bull mix as a warm lap dog, said he can’t understand why someone didn’t report the missing dog, that was still wearing tags.
“It hurts more, that someone wouldn’t just pick up the phone and call the local police and say, ‘there’s a dog running around, can you take care of it?'” Paul Carpenter said. “Cause then we would have found her, and we would have got her back.”
Sienna’s body was found Friday on McCreary between Wallings and Sprague.
Though he admitted he’s no expert, Carpenter said the location of the wound made it seem like the person who shot the dog had hunting skills and intended to kill her.
“She was a very loyal dog, looked out for our little 2-year-old son quite a bit,” said Carpenter.
The Carpenter family rescued Sienna and said she was skittish with a docile demeanor.
She and another dog ran off in January. One dog returned three hours later, but when Sienna didn’t, they took great measures to find her.
“It’s been overwhelming, the outpouring of the community,” Carpenter said of the dozens of people who helped to post flyers and search the area.
A Facebook group called Bring Sienna Home documented their pursuits.
Now those who have grown to love Sienna are asking anyone with information to help with the investigation by calling the Broadview Heights Police Department.