CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - A Castle Rock family believes that someone shot and killed two of their three dogs because they were barking too much.
Warren Lubliner said his wife let their red toy poodle, Quincy, and white Maltese, Baxter, out in the yard Thursday night. About an hour later, she called the dogs back but they didn't respond.
"She walked down the deck and immediately saw the two dogs were laying still unresponsive in the grass," Lubliner said. "My wife was just hysterical, crying."
The dogs appeared to be bleeding from their torso from small puncture wounds.
Lubliner said the dogs' injuries didn't seem consistent with what an animal would do. He said he took their bodies to a veterinarian who said it appeared that the dogs had been shot to death.
A necropsy is being performed to confirm that hypothesis.
Lubliner says he has had disputes with neighbors about his dogs barking and has been cited twice for nuisance. But, he says, that still does not give anyone rights to kill his dogs.
"I don't know what kind of person it takes to go ahead and think they have the right in this case to take someone else's family members away from them," Lubliner said.
Castle Rock police spokeswoman Karen McGrath confirms that police went to the house, which is near the Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course, around midnight Friday.
She said an investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of death for the two dogs.
The couple is troubled by the timing of the incident. The deaths of their dogs come just over a week before the Lubliners are due in court to answer to complaints raised by neighbors who have raised concerns about the dogs barking at night.
7NEWS checked and found the couple has been charged twice with animal nuisance in the past four months.