FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Police in Alabama have arrested three boys who they say shot and killed a dog with a stolen shotgun.

AL.com reports that according to a statement from the Fairhope Police Department, the boys — ages 15, 12 and 11 — approached a 52-year-old woman as she was walking two dogs Sunday, and the 15-year-old shot one dog with a shotgun. The boys fled the scene.

The dog died. Fairhope police say the woman wasn’t injured, but was standing close to her leashed pets when the dog was shot.

Police later found and arrested the boys and recovered the rifle, which was stolen.

Each boy is facing a felony cruelty to animals charge and misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge. Investigators say they may face theft of firearms charges once the shotgun’s owner is identified.

Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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