UPDATE: According to the Randall County Jail Records, 22-year-old Dustin Kreger turned himself in Thursday morning.
He was booked on a charge of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animal.
Kreger was released not even an hour later on a $5,000 cash bond.
Amarillo, TX - For weeks, Amarillo Police and Animal Management and Welfare have been investigating the case of a Siberian husky, named Piper, who was shot three times. Both agencies now suspect Piper was shot by her owner.
Piper was found earlier this month by someone who tried to care for her and her injuries.
"The level of injury that had been done to the dog was beyond that individual's particular capacity to care for," said Animal Management and Welfare Director, Richard Havens. "They brought her to the shelter and as soon as she crossed our doors, we knew something was wrong and immediately took action."
Amarillo Police were also called to help and Piper was taken to Swann Animal Clinic for medical treatment. Havens said she was shot in the paw, leg, and jaw.
During the investigation, police suspected her owner, 22-year-old Dustin Dewayne Kreger, had done this to Piper.
"Someone meant to do this to the dog. That's when it really rises to the level of a felony," said Havens.
The Randall County District Attorney's Office accepted the case on Tuesday and a felony charge of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animal was issued against Kreger.
"He has indicated to the detectives involved in the case that if charges were filed, he would willingly turn himself in. So, they are giving him that chance," said Havens.
But as of Wednesday evening, Kreger has not been booked into jail nor turned himself in.
Havens says he's seen many situations where the animals have died in cruelty cases, but thanks his staff for helping to keep Piper safe.
"Since I arrived in January, the staff has been undergoing substantial amounts of training," said Havens. "We coordinate with APD and other organizations for the necessary skills to be able to identify cruelty of this magnitude."