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Wicomico County Man Offers Reward for Dog's Killer

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MARDELA SPRINGS, Md.- A Wicomico County man is offering a reward to anyone who can help him find the person who shot and killed his beloved dog. The dog, Ginger, was dumped on Riverton Road in Mardela Springs, Md. about 10 days ago, according to Joe Austin, the dog's owner. Ginger was Austin's hunting buddy.

"She was shot and killed and someone left her on the side of a road like a bag of trash. It is very sad," said Austin. "Ginger was a sweet and loving dog. She was very intelligent, a good hunter, and she loved everybody,"

Austin believes someone took Ginger from her kennel on his property on Sharptown Road. 

"This was not an accident and this is definitely not a case of perhaps a dog being vicious or violent because that was not her nature at all," said Austin.

Maryland State Police are investigating the shooting. 

Austin has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to Ginger's killer.

He says his other dogs are helping to comfort him, but he has a message for whoever killed Ginger. 

"You know what you did. You know how wrong it was. You must be haunted by it. You know how sweet this dog was that you killed, and it's time to come forward and confess," he said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Maryland State Police at (410) 749-3101 or Joe Austin at (410) 603-1400.

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