Dog dies after being shot in a Catoosa County neighborhood


CATTOOSA COUNTY, Ga (WDEF) – A family in Catoosa County has been forced to put her dog down after the she was shot in their neighborhood.

On Thursday, July 23rd Owner Kayla Gilreath says she left her two dogs outside while she ran a few errands and when she came back she found her dog lying on the porch covered in blood.

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Her 1 year old golden retriever, Winnie, had been shot by a pellet gun.

Gilreath says the vet originally told her Winnie would be okay but later decided that Winnie needed to be put down.

“It’s scary whenever it happens in a neighborhood, especially when houses are altogether. There are kids all throughout this neighborhood. My kids are usually with my dogs 24/7. Even if it was an accident and someone was trying to just play around and shoot something else it could have easily hit one of my kids or someone else. If it can kill a dog it could have killed my kid,” says Kayla Gilreath, owner of Winnie. 

Gilreath says she has filed a report with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office and wants the person who did this to be held responsible. 

If you have any information about this please contact the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office.

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Joeli Poole joined the WDEF News 12 Team in April 2019 as a Reporter and Producer. You can find her reporting during the week and when not on camera; she's producing the 6 and 11 shows. Joeli grew up with a love for reporting, starting in middle school. She has been the anchor for her middle and high school TV stations, along with the Sports Anchor for her College TV Station. Joeli grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Tennessee when she 10 years old. She went to Cleveland Middle school and Walker Valley High School. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Being from the area, Joeli loves being able to help tell the stories of her community. In her spare time, Joeli enjoys watching her LSU Tigers, hiking, and playing with her dog. Feel free to email any story ideas at