A Heiskell man is charged with shooting a dog, and the dog's owners say they hope the charges prevent something like this from happening again.
"He didn't have to kill her. She was such a tiny little thing, 6 pounds," said Fay Loriaux.
Loriaux is mourning the loss of her dog, after she says her neighbor shot the chihuahua while Loriaux was just feet away.
Now, Daniel Smith of Heiskell is facing charges in Rosie the Chihuahua's death.
Loriaux says the dog walked into Daniel Smith's yard right before Smith shot the dog earlier this month. He is now charged with intentional killing of an animal and reckless endangerment.
On April 13, Loriaux said Rosie started running with some other dogs, and as she tried to coax Rosie back to the roadway, the dog was shot by Smith in his yard, two houses down.
"I said 'Why did you have to hurt my dog?' and as I picked her up, I looked at him, and I said 'You didn't have to kill her,' and he said, 'Don't you know about leashes and collars?'"
An incident report says the dog appeared to have been shot with a small caliber weapon through the left eye. It also says the dog was about 25 yards from its own home.
"I was within how many feet, maybe 30 feet of her. I said to him, 'You heard me calling her.' He said no."
The Loriauxs say no one ever complained about their dog, and they plan to file a civil suit.
Anderson county does not have its own leash law, but the county does enforce a state law that says owners must have control of their animals at all times.