HOUSTON (FOX 26) - "It's a residential neighborhood everybody has dogs its part of your family," said Michael Garcia.
Garcia almost lost a member of his family last Saturday. His German Shepherd named Rocky.
After Garcia opened the garage door, he says Rocky and his other dog, Shadow took off.
"They were outside for about 10 minutes or so," Garcia said.
Then Garcia says he heard gunshots.
"One of my dogs came back running very scared," said Garcia. "The other ones nowhere to be found."
After about 30 minutes of combing the neighborhood for Rocky Garcia says he showed up bloody and almost lifeless.
"I thought maybe he had gotten into a fight with another dog," Garcia said. But upon further inspection Garcia realized Rocky had been shot. "There were actually a lot of bullet holes like a bird shot from a shotgun," Garcia said.
Shotgun pellets can be seen an X-ray of Rocky. After he was rushed to the vet the original prognosis wasn't good.
"They recommended to put him down," Garcia said. "They said he might not make it."
But medication kept Rocky alive.
"24 hours later the same thing happens over again," said Garcia.
After hearing gunshots the next day Garcia says he saw a bloody dog running out of a big hole in a neighbors fence. He says that neighbor wasn't home at the time.
While no one living at the house is accused of any wrongdoing, no one answered the door when we tried to ask if anyone saw or heard anything. Police say they found blood near the broken fence.
What would Garcia say to the person who shot his dog?
"That's not right," Garcia said. "If he's on private property shoo him away, go find the owner."
The condition or whereabouts of the second dog that was shot are not known.
HPD's animal cruelty unit are investigating both shooting incidents.