Intruder Slays Family Pet

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Payson police are questioning possible suspects in the torture and slaying of a 14-year-old cocker spaniel.

"We received a call Sunday afternoon that a man had found his dog dead and it had an arrow in it," Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said.

The dog's owners were out of town when a group of people allegedly broke into their home on North McLane and had a party.

At some point prior to the owner's return, someone shot an arrow in the dog and left it to bleed to death in the home.

"We've been conducting several interviews and trying to figure out why and how this occurred," Engler said. "So far we have made one arrest."

Brandy Brewer, 20, of Payson, has been charged with second-degree burglary.

"We had several people at the residence and we have a list of people we need to question," Engler said. "We are still trying to determine what happened."

Although the owners knew some of the people involved, they did not give permission to have a party in their home, Engler said.

Engler believes more people will be charged in relation to the incident.

A private party is offering a reward leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for the dog's death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at (928) 474-5177. Callers can remain anonymous.

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