STANLY COUNTY, N.C. -- “I have their costumes I just bought them for Halloween in the car. I have this little bandana,” Kelly Hooks said, fighting back the tears.
It’s a holiday her dogs didn't live to see.
“It had to be a monster that did this,” she said.
On Monday in broad daylight, a robber broke in through the side door of Kelly Hooks' and Cody Blake’s Stanly County home.
Once inside, the suspect shot 8-month-old Nova and 3-year-old Rucker.
“Walked inside and sure enough, one of them was dead, one of them was in the corner just shivering,” said Cody Blake.
Rucker had been shot in the nose and was barely breathing.
“We rushed him to the emergency vet and there was just so much damage we had to make the decision to let him go so he wouldn't have a bad life,” Kelly said.
“We don’t have kids yet so those were our kids. Those were our babies,” Cody added.
Their innocent pets lives were taken all for a game console.
A string of break-ins have been reported throughout the southeast portion of Stanly County. In each case, the suspects are taking electronics.
But in Cody and Kelly’s case, their pets’ lives and sense of security were also stolen.
“We can't stay here after that. We have to move. We can't walk in and see what happened,” they said.
They are offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.
“They were the light of my life. These people don’t know what they took from us,” Kelly said.