In what surely qualifies as an express lane to hell, a man shot and killed a Houston firefighter's dog in the Heights early Wednesday morning.
Dennis Nielsen told the Houston Press that a neighbor only got a brief glimpse of the man he believes was the shooter, who wore black clothes and possibly carried a pistol, at the corner of Tabor and West Patton streets. Nielsen said the neighbor couldn't tell the shooter's race or any other identifying characteristics. The shooting took place between 2:30 and 3 a.m.
Nielsen's dog, Angus, was a five-year old rescue — a loyal, athletic, part Irish Wolfhound who loved to play ball with Nielsen and his kids. Angus was also an observant watchdog who barked at passers-by, only this morning, he was apparently killed for it.
"That's his job," said Nielsen, a captain who has six years with the Houston Fire Department. "He shouldn't have been shot for that."
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Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the Houston Police Department at 713-884-3131.