LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – The Lakewood Police Department says tips from the public helped investigators identify and arrest a couple accused of holding down and then shooting a dog. Sean Andrews, 42, and Desiree Andrews, 40, were arrested just before 7 p.m. Thursday in the 2800 block of South Ivan Way in Denver.
Investigators released video of the shooting, which happened around 7 a.m. on Aug. 1 near the corner of 12th and Teller Street. Lakewood police responded to a report of shots fired and found the dog had died from its injuries.
On 8/1 at 7am, LPD responded to calls of a dog who had died of apparent gunshot wounds at 12th and Teller. The male and female suspects in the video drive a silver Chrysler 300. Anyone with info pls call @CrimeStoppersCO at 720-913-7867 and reference LPD case LK20-027899. pic.twitter.com/co3oW153Jw
— Lakewood Police (@LakewoodPDCO) August 5, 2020
CBS4 spoke with Christina Gonzales, an employee at a nearby assisted living facility that overlooks the street where the shooting happened.
“The female went to her car got her gun out and shot the dog,” Gonzales said. “I had a gentleman who said he was sitting on a balcony, he seen the tail moving the gentleman was holding it by its collar.”
The witness reported seeing the couple arguing as the car pulled up. He says the video from a neighbor’s security camera shows the dog, a female pit bull mix, getting out of the car and at some point shows the man struggles with the animal in the street before the woman in the car walks up with a gun and fires.
Sean and Desiree Andrews are both charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and possession of a weapon by a previous offender, both felonies. Desiree is also charged with violation of bond conditions.
“The public absolutely helped us with this arrest and we really appreciate it,” a spokesperson for the Lakewood Police Department told CBS4.
The vehicle, a sliver Chrysler 300, has not been found. Investigators said it has unique, silver rims and Colorado temp plate 168-1668.
Anyone with information about the vehicle or the shooting is asked to call Jeffcom dispatch at 303-980-7300.