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Carla Bassemeir was horrified when she arrived home Friday morning and found one of her family dogs had been beaten and shot dead left at the foot of her driveway. Carla Bassemeir was horrified when she arrived home Friday morning and found one of her family dogs had been beaten and shot dead left at the foot of her driveway.
CATALDO, Idaho -

It was in the seemingly peaceful and quiet town of Cataldo, Idaho where Carla Bassemeir was horrified when she arrived home Friday morning and found one of her family dogs had been beaten and shot dead left at the foot of her driveway. 

"I thought I was over this part of it," says Bassemeir as she broke down in tears. 

She struggles to talk about the morning she found the family's black lab/mastiff mix, Sparky, dead.   

"His head didn't look normal," says Bassemeir.  "I could tell he was dead.  He had blood running out of his mouth and his eyes."

A graphic scene that was made even more disturbing by the note that was left on the dog's body.

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"I can't remember the exact words but it was something to the effect of  'You let your other dogs off the chain, don't let me catch them or I'll kill them too,'" says Bassemeir fighting back tears. 

"I just cannot believe someone would be so vicious and wicked." 

Sparky was the Bassemeirs' grandson, Allen's dog since childhood.  Now 17, everyone in the small town knew the dog was Allen's and Sparky was friendly with other folks too.   

"People fed him and if you feed a dog, the dog is going to come back," says Bassemeir.  

But on Thursday night the family's three dogs were out near the chicken coop because they heard a disturbance.  Two of the dogs returned home that night but Sparky did not.  Now the family is facing a world of hurt. 

"Allen had been through some really bad trauma and that is his baby, that was his best friend, his confidant," Bassemeir tells KHQ.  "When you've had a dog that long they're part of the family."

The Bassemeirs filed a police report the day they found Sparky's body in their driveway but now all they can do is wait, mourn and hope that justice is served.

"I want to know who did it and why, and I think they should be held accountable for what they've done," says Bassemeir.  "I'm not saying I want to see somebody rot in jail over this, but I want to see some remorse." 

The family encourages anyone with information to contact the Shoshone county sheriffs office at 208-556-1150.  

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