Mankato, MN (KROC-AM News)- Authorities have provided an update regarding a Minnesota dog killing case. 

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The case started last month when the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a dog being shot and killed. 

Deputies found the animal dead of an apparent gunshot wound on the deck of a home in rural western Mankato. 

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At the time, law enforcement stated they had collected footage captured by security cameras. A resident in the area reported hearing two gunshots around the time of the animal’s death on March 30. 

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Authorities had also obtained threatening notes sent to the victims and another dog owner in the same neighborhood about two weeks before the apparent shooting. The notes warned the dog owners to keep their pets from barking. 

Suspect ID'D, Reward Offered, Autopsy Ordered in Minnesota Dog Killing Case

On Wednesday the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office issued an update stating investigators have identified a suspect, however officials declined to release the suspected dog-killer’s identity.  

Authorities also announced a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the felony arrest of the suspected assailant. 

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office also announced a partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to arrange for an autopsy of the slain pet. 

Investigators hope the autopsy will recover additional evidence. Authorities are still asking for anyone with information regarding the fatal shooting to come forward. 

Tipsters can contact the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office by calling (507) 304-4863 or report a tip anonymously online through Crime Stoppers of Minnesota.

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