JEFFERSON COUNTY - By Megan Dillard - Who killed Major?
Beaumont Animal Services and Beaumont Police are investigating the shooting death of a dog just outside the city limits.
The mutt bit a man on a bicycle last Sunday night.
Animal Services came out to investigate, and when officers returned Monday morning to quarantine the dog they found his body at the base of a tree.
This is picture of Major, a stray named after the road where the McNeill family found him a year ago.
"He was so laid back that he would jump in the water trough when he was hot. He thought the water troughs out here for the cattle were his personal swimming pools."
Will McNeill owns this property off Dishman near Keith Road, just outside of the Beaumont city limits.
Late Sunday night, someone shot and killed Major.
The question: Why?
"It does bother me. We have other animals, we have a man that lives here on site, people that live here we come out here with our kids. We have cattle and horses."
Beaumont Animal Services responded to a call Sunday night from someone reporting that Major had bitten a man on a bicycle.
Major's owner admits it wasn't the first time.
"It is county record that the dog has had issues biting bicyclists. I want them to know on my side that the dog was sweet as pie, sweet as could be to anybody, kids included."
Even though McNeill's dogs have been free to roam inside his property, he plans to do more to keep them from getting outside.
"I now have one dog that runs loose. We don't have a leash law in the county. But in the evenings, we are going to make sure she's chained up safely where she's not exposed to the road."
The same road where Major bit the bicyclist.
Just feet away from the fence with six bullet holes, and not far from the tree where Major's body was discovered the next morning.
"Very sweet dog, very protective."
And an unanswered question: Who shot Major?
Beaumont Police and Beaumont Animal Services will continue to investigate.