A golden retriever puppy was fatally shot in Middletown on Wednesday, leaving its owner and officials in Frederick County wondering who would kill the 7-month-old dog.

According to Frederick County Animal Control officials, the shooting occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The owner realized the dog, named Heidi, was missing about 10:15 a.m.

After three hours of searching, Heidi was found dead near her owner’s home in the 2900 block of Station Road.

Authorities don’t have any suspects or a motive in the case, but the shooting remains under investigation as Heidi’s body is taken to Baltimore for a veterinary forensic examination.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Frederick County Animal Control at 301-600-1544.

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