Neighbor Fatally Shoots Marine Vets' Therapy Dogs

Neighbor Fatally Shoots Marine Vets' Therapy Dogs

September 06, 2016

Neighbor Fatally Shoots Marine Vets' Therapy Dogs

Antonio and Yamilla Frederick reported to police that their neighbor shot and killed two of their dogs while their children were present. The Fredericks had a German shepherd and a pit bull mix. Unfortunately these dogs were far more than furry family members. Both of these dogs served as support dogs for Antonio and Yamilla.

Antonio is a military veteran with PTSD. Even with his debilitating symptoms, he was able to make it through his day with the help of his loyal German shepherd. His wife, Yamilla, is a breast cancer survivor. As she battled stage three breast cancer, Yamilla found comfort in her pit bull mix.

It was Sunday morning, when the family awoke to gunshots. When they rushed outside they found their two beloved dogs severely wounded by gunshot wounds.

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The family quickly called the police.

Once on the scene, the police arrested the family's neighbor, Jose Rocha. Rocha was arrested on charges for animal cruelty.

Police announced that the incident began when the Fredericks' pit bull mix, Thor entered Rocha's property through a whole in a wooden fence. As soon as Rocha saw the dog he rushed in his house and ran outside after retrieving his Colt 45 semi-automatic firearm.

Rocha then proceeded to firing four shots into the pitbull. The pitbull died shortly after.

Rocha's rampage wasn't over.

He then began shooting at the German Shepherd, Buffy. When Rocha shot the German Shepherd, the dog was on the opposite side of the fence, still in the Fredricks' yard. The German Shepherd died shortly after the pit bull.

“For someone to get so upset to cause them harm, not knowing what they mean to me or my husband or my children, it is not fair,” Yamilla said.

“I’ve known Buffy since I was three and I’m going to miss her and Thor,” their daughter said.

A sign on the window of Rocha's home stated, “Trespassing violators will be shot and survivors will be shot again.”

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5 Responses

Steven Hunter
Steven Hunter

September 08, 2016

No excuse. Jail time for Rocha.

Linda Gates
Linda Gates

September 06, 2016

I feel so bad for your loss my husband suffers from ptsd also so I understand what your animals mean to you. I was also in a severe car wreck 2 years ago and almost died and my animals are part of my rehabilitation if I didnt have them I am sure I would not have recovered as far as I have. My prayers are with you and you family. I hope you find peace and justice.

PAT MILLER
PAT MILLER

September 06, 2016

Let me guess? Not a citizen of the USA?

Lorie
Lorie

September 06, 2016

With that much anger he already had a problem the dogs and family. He need to be charge with more then animal cruelty. These dogs helped these people with there disability.!!! I hope he’s sent to jail and fined !!!

mpav
mpav

September 06, 2016

pos of shit

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