Breezy, a 10-month old puppy, cries out from inside a cage at the veterinarian's office, a bullet still lodged inside his stomach.
The pit bull mix was shot Saturday morning by a neighbor. The dog's sister Diamond was also hit by gunfire. A two-year-old called Mama was not.
The owner of the trio, Lucia Adkins, is not surprised by the turn of events that unfolded in her Odessa neighborhood.
"Part of me is in shock but the other part of me is not because we've been harassed like this for the last nine months," Adkins explained.
She believes the man who shot at her dogs did so with malice and anger. Investigators with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office say that shooter is neighbor Steven Lamb.
According to a HCSO report Lamb grabbed a gun and chased the dogs and fired off several rounds in their direction after they got loose and surrounded a jogger in the Keystone Manners subdivision.
Diamond, also 10 months old, was shot in the face and the hip and had to be euthanized.
Adkins wants answers.
"This man [Lamb] can shoot 3 dogs that attacked a jogger but the jogger wasn't attacked," she said a few hours after the incident.
Adkins believes her family has been targeted by other residents in her neighborhood.
She produced several anonymous letters she's received in regards to her son, who is on probation.
Andrew Adkins has a lengthy arrest record that includes robbery charges. One of the letters states "many around you do not like [having] a criminal living among us."
"It's a predominately white neighborhood and a gated community," Lucia Adkins added. "I used to think the gates were supposed to keep bad people [out] but gates [are] keeping bad people in."
Bob Smedly, who also resides in Keystone Manners, tells a different story. He claims the Adkins dogs have gotten loose before, causing a scare in the otherwise quiet neighborhood.
"How would you feel if the pit bulls had gone after you or your family?" Smedly asked Saturday.
The animals weren't the only things hit by bullets in the shooting. A sliding glass door was damaged and a bullet hit a kitchen wall at a house across a pond from where the shots were fired.
Fortunately four residents in the home at the time were not injured.
Smedly however, does not have a problem with Lamb's choice to use deadly force against the dogs.
"It is easy to say they're friendly dogs," Smedly said. "Nothing like this would've happened and it's obvious they're not friendly."
The case is still under investigation by HCSO. Their findings will be turned over the State Attorney's Office for review to see if any charges are warranted.
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