Indianapolis Man Trying to Find Whoever Shot, Killed Dog at Red Line Bus Stop
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis man is searching for answers after he says his dog was shot and killed at a bus station on IndyGo’s new Red Line transit route.
The shooting was near East 42nd Street and North College Avenue, an area with surveillance cameras at the bus station and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department substation.
But, IndyGo and IMPD both told WISH-TV on Tuesday they were unaware of the shooting, and video of the incident is unavailable.
Nicholas Almeda said his kids let his two dogs outside Monday night, and accidentally left a fence gate open. It didn’t take long before the family realized the dogs were missing.
They learned on a social media app called NextDoor that the dogs had made their way to the new bus station just down the street from their house on College Avenue.
“I got a response back from someone saying that she had heard about a dog that had been shot on 42nd and College," Almeda said. "I took off running up here and it was Dioji."
Dioji, his Great Pyrenees puppy, was dead.
“Somebody came around the corner in a dark SUV, fired a single shot and shot him in the chest and killed him,” Almeda said.
Almeda said he does not know why someone would do this. He said people at the bus stop told him what happened.
“The SUV just took off, and everybody kind of panicked because they heard the gunshot, and when everybody came to, they saw what happened," Almeda said. "Dioji, he was a solid-white Great Pyrenees. So it was pretty clear to tell something that happened to him and all the white fur … well, it wasn’t white anymore.”
Now, Almeda is looking for answers and hoping that the person who did this is caught.
“He was just a big teddy bear. He was still a puppy. They shot a puppy,” Almeda said.
He started a GoFundMe to help for cremation of Dioji.
(Photo courtesy of WISH-TV)