A Texas woman turned to social media to ask Facebook friends to shoot her dog, KHOU.com reported.
“I need someone to come shoot my dog. No one here has the heart to do it. We will provide the gun,” the woman, who lives in Troup, wrote about Cinnamon -- her 3-year-old Saint Bernard/bulldog mix.
The Facebook post was a criminal act, KHOU reported, but the dog’s owner, who was not identified, was not charged with a crime because she handed the dog to animal control following backlash on social media.
“I need someone to come shoot my dog."
The woman told animal control officers who picked up Cinnamon that she could no longer care for the dog and it kept getting into the garbage.
"It's devastating," said Nanette Moss, the Smith County animal shelter director. "I work with these dogs every day. They are my life, and when she walked through my door it just broke my heart. She's a sweet dog and how can somebody shoot a sweet dog?"
CBS19 tracked the post to a Troup home and tried to speak to Cinnamon’s owner.
“I know how the media works. You people are the f-----g devil,” the woman’s son told a CBS19 reporter who knocked on the front door.
Cinnamon was given a clean bill of health by a veterinarian at Nicholas’ Pet Haven, a shelter and dog park in Tyler, Texas, and is now with a foster family until she can be adopted. She has been spayed and all her vaccinations will be up to date before she is put up for adoption.