MOUNT VERNON, Va. (DC News Now) — Police said that a dog that had been chained to a fence in Fairfax County was shot.

Image courtesy of Fairfax County Police.

Officers were called to the area of Bedford Terrace and Beekman Place around 3:35 a.m. after receiving reports of a dog that was chained to a fence. When police arrived, they found the dog had been shot.

They found that earlier in the evening, another person had called police after hearing a dog barking and a single gunshot. Officers had not found anything “suspicious” at that time.

Police said they took the dog, a male Staffordshire terrier, to a veterinarian’s office. The dog was still there for more care on Friday evening.

Anyone who may have more information or surveillance footage of what happened is asked to email You can also call 1-866-411-TIPS.