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Two dogs shot and killed at Maricopa home

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MARICOPA, Ariz. - A dog shot and killed in the backyard of its owner's home; we've learned that the dog wasn't the only victim. 

A valley doctor used to live at that house and had a dog shot and killed in the very same backyard.

After seeing FOX 10's report, that other victim came forward saying his dog was killed 3 years-ago in a very similar way. Maricopa Police are looking at the possibility that the shooter may be one of their neighbors.

Marley, a 4 year-old Chocolate Lab, was found dead 3 years-ago. "I found her on the side of the wall with basically a bullet wound in her head," said Dr. Scott Conley.

Dr. Conley lived in the Maricopa home at the time, the same home where a 4 pound Yorkie was shot and killed Sunday night.

"An obvious person would think that the same person did this. The same person that shot my dog a couple years ago is the same person that shot this person's dog," said Conley.

That's what Maricopa Police are assuming too; they learned of the previous dog killing yesterday and have already canvassed the neighborhood. 

"Even though it has been three years, at the same property, that makes it more concerning to us," said Sgt. Stephen Judd.

Police say they've spoken to most of the neighbors, but they're still trying to talk to a few of them.

"People that know the neighborhood are the people that live there, and they will be able to help us understand who those people are, and what they are involved in," said Sgt. Judd.

Both dogs were killed at night while in the yard without their owners. Investigators admit there are only a few spots where a shooter could hit a dog in the backyard.

"We certainly believe that it was a neighboring house or somewhere in close proximity," he said.

Marley's former owners hope now after three years they may finally get some answers.

"Hopefully, they can find out who does this, so it doesn't happen again," said Conley.

Police aren't sure if the shooter used a high-powered or small caliber rifle. Anyone who can help catch the shooter is asked to call Maricopa Police at (602) 876-1011.

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