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Woman claims neighbor shot, killed family's dog

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The Guzman house welcomes all animals, and treats every one of them like family. They say their chow mix Tobee was always the life of the party. The Guzman house welcomes all animals, and treats every one of them like family. They say their chow mix Tobee was always the life of the party.
Ross Bumgarner, 34, told police that the dog was running around his front yard, acting aggressive towards him, so he went into his house and got his handgun. He then went back outside and fired one shot, hitting the dog, police say. Ross Bumgarner, 34, told police that the dog was running around his front yard, acting aggressive towards him, so he went into his house and got his handgun. He then went back outside and fired one shot, hitting the dog, police say.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Northland woman is mourning the loss of her dog after she says her neighbor is behind the canine's death.

Kansas City police responded to complaints of gunfire about 8:40 a.m. Saturday in the 10900 block of North Campbell Street. When officers arrived, they found a dog that had been shot, and his family claims their neighbor did it out of spite.The Guzman house welcomes all animals and treats every one of them like family. They say their chow mix, Tobee, was always the life of the party.

"He was sweet. He just wanted attention. He wanted you to pet him. He just wanted love," Katy Guzman said.

But Tobee found his way out of the house as the Guzmans were getting out of bed for the morning.

"As I'm walking out of the house, I heard a 'boom,' and I didn't know what it was," Guzman said.

The family soon realized Tobee was missing and had jumped the fence. They say when they went outside to search, they found him shot in their neighbor's yard. He was barely breathing.

"It's devastating, and it's horrible. It's just disgusting. He could have done anything but what he did," Hannah Guzman said.

Ross Bumgarner, 34, told police the dog was running around his front yard, acting aggressive toward him, so he went into his house and got his handgun. He then went back outside and fired one shot, hitting the dog, police say.

The Guzmans say Bumgarner must have been scared of their dog. They say in the past, he called animal control when Tobee got loose and claim he even threatened to shoot the animal before. Neighbors posted on KCTV5's Facebook page that the family had been warned about the dog, including running loose.

KCTV5's Nathan Vickers asked Bumgarner about the incident, but he didn't come to the door, only shouting at Vickers from inside his house.

"Go away, or I will call the police," he said.

The Guzmans are heartbroken their dog is gone and wish their neighbor had called them before he acted.

"He felt like coming out and shooting the dog was his only recourse, and I don't understand that," Katy Guzman said.

Bumgarner was arrested for firing a firearm in the city limits and multiple animal cruelty charges.

At least two neighbors of the Guzman's posted on KCTV5's Facebook page and said the family had been irresponsible pet owners, including allowing Tobee to run loose off the leash. They said the family had been warned by neighbors about the dog's behavior.

"I'm a dog lover. I live on this block. I've personally had issues with the same dog," Arthur Esteban wrote. "I don't condone the end action of the alleged shooter, but that dog was not as harmless as he is being made out to be. It's a sad ending for a family pet but don't the owners have to share at least a little of the responsibility?"

Hannah Guzman replied, "He got loose, and he barked, but he was never actually aggressive. I know he wasn't perfect, and it was our mistake and responsibility for letting him loose. But he never did anything deserving of being shot. And we were warned. Taking action would have been fine. Calling the police would have been fine. Calling animal control would have been fine. Shooting my dog? No."

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