GREELEY, Colo. (KDVR) — A Greeley dog owner claims a neighbor shot and killed her dog after first trying to steal the canine.

Angela Perkins said the crime happened last Thursday in the alley behind the family home on 8th Street.

Perkins said the dog, named Beast, would never dig under a back fence or be able to scale its height.

Yet, she claims a neighbor with a questionable history was able to either coax or pull her 1 1/2-year-old pup out of the backyard and into the alley where she claims he was shot and killed.

Perkins believes the suspect was there with his dog.

“My suspicion is he [the neighbor] tried fighting [Beast] and when Beast got too scared and he tried digging his way back in [the yard], that’s when he decided to shoot him,” Perkins said.

A Greeley Police spokesperson confirmed an incident did occur.

Perkins said she and her husband will continue checking to see if neighboring businesses have usable surveillance video.