A Rottweiler dog was found shot to death laying on a patch of grass at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Collingdale Tuesday evening.
According to the Collingdale Police Department, officers were called to the cemetery at 5:30 p.m., where they found the dog laying in an area toward the back of the cemetery with a dog treat just inches away from its mouth.
Police report noticing a wound to the top of the dog's head. An empty shell casing and a live round were found seven feet away.
A microchip embedded in the dog helped police and Delaware County Animal Control investigators to trace the dog's last registered owner, a resident who lived on Chestnut Street in Collingdale.
Investigators say injuries to the dog led them to believe it was either used as a bait dog for fighting or a fighting dog.
A person interviewed by police described the dog as being friendly.
Police are now searching for the dog's last owner, who they believe to be named Paul Henderson.
If you have any information, you're asked to call Collingdale police at 610-586-0502.