SALEM, Ind. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana family's dog was shot and killed on their property on New Year's Day.

It happened in a rural area of Washington County but they say the shots were fired only 45 feet from their front door.

There's still a pool of blood in Troy Earhart's yard where his dog was shot. It was about 10:15 p.m. on Jan. 1.

Troy, his wife, Jessica, and their two daughters were all home at the time.

"We had just put the girls to bed a half hour before that,” said Jessica Earhart.

They heard a loud bang and didn't realize what had happened until they ran outside and found their dog Ecko had been shot in the head and killed.

Surveillance cameras on their property were on but the video is too dark to see much.

The couple called police and a Washington County Sheriff's deputy is now investigating.

They said it looks as if Ecko was deliberately shot and whoever pulled the trigger could be facing several serious charges.

"The direction of the shot was directly toward our children's bedrooms,” said Troy Earhart.

The Earhart's are offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest of a suspect.

"We don't know if they're coming back. We don't know if they're going to go after the other dogs,” he told WDRB.

The family has two other Great Pyrenees. They said the dogs protect their livestock and they've never been aggressive toward anyone. The family says they have an electric fence to keep them on their property.

If you have any information you're asked to call Washington County Sheriff's Department at 812-883-5999 or the Earhart's directly at 317-721-3256 or 

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