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Police: Spartanburg family pets shot by burglars

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg family is heartbroken Friday. They said criminals broke into their business and brutally killed their pet dogs, just so they could steal a used car.

It happened Thursday night at Wiley's Body Shop on John B White Boulevard.

The police report said the gate to the business was torn down, and two rottweilers were found shot and on the ground in the back lot.

The family said it's not the first time they've had to go through the loss of their pets. It's actually the second time their dogs have been brutally shot and killed by burglars while protecting the body shop.

Now they said no more guard dogs. Pain like this is just to much to bear.

Joe Wiley said the loss of his rottweilers Sheriff Dex and Bubba Jack brings up a lot of anger.

"That's sad a dog lives 10 years to get shot down, killed in a parking lot for nothing, a car," Wiley said.

The rest of his family is devastated, including his young daughter.

"She was crying so bad, she couldn't control herself at school," Wiley said.

The man spent the day burying his dogs, and repairing his fence. Police said was torn down by thieves, possibly by slamming their car into it.

At this point Wiley believes criminals shot his dogs so they would be able steal as much as they could from the approximately 30 cars in the lot. They got away with a 1989 Chevy Caprice, worth approximately $15,000.

The dogs were a last ditch effort to control theft from the shop, and now Wiley said he doesn't know where to turn. It seems impossible to keep his business from being targeted by thieves. One thing is certain, he said he won't be keeping any more family pets in his back lot. 

"I don't see the point," Wiley said. "It may save some stereos and speakers, but it's not worth shooting dogs."

Police are looking for who may be responsible for the crimes. If you have any information you are urged to contact Spartanburg Public Safety.

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