WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A beloved family pet that got loose from her home has been shot and killed in what appears to be the latest string of air gun shootings on Oahu.
The motive is unknown, and the dog's owners are desperate for answers.
Aulani was a two-year-old that went missing last Friday. On Monday afternoon, she was found on Ala Hema Street at the Waianae Baptist Church.
"Because she's so friendly and likes people, who must have tried to follow somebody somewhere," said Dez Akau, the daughter of Aulani's owner.
Aulani was a Rottweiler-pit bull mix. But despite the fierce reputation of those breeds, she was an indoor dog, spayed and microchipped, and peaceful around children.
Akau said Aulani was found under a truck in the church parking lot, where they were met by an animal control officer.
"My husband just walked past him, went up to the dog under the truck," said Akau. "He w'en call her, pet her, she was wagging her tail. He was trying to get her up. She couldn't stand."
X-rays revealed two shots from a pellet gun. "They had a projectile in her spine, and we seen another one in her stomach area. that one the doctors said was under her skin, but the other one was in her spine," said Akau.
The veterinarians tried to save the dog, but she died. The family has no idea why someone would shoot her.
That was a painful thought for a Kailua family as well. A Blue Heeler was shot by a pellet gun in October. He survived, but the owners were stuck with a big medical bill.
Honolulu Police said there have been 12 BB or pellet gun shootings on Oahu since September. Officers are treating this case as felony cruelty to animals.
"I guess it broke my Mom's heart more, knowing that that's her baby, and she got hurt from a human being and was in pain, and she suffered."