Community responds to family losing dog

The Guzman family may be getting a new dog soon.

Community members contacted the Advocate on Wednesday in hopes of providing the Guzmans with a new dog.

Bella, the family's 2-year-old pit bull, was killed by a Victoria police officer on Monday night.

The dog was shot when a Victoria police officer entered the Guzmans' garage at 1710 E. Rosebud Ave. while searching for what turned out to be a discarded BB gun.

One Victoria pit bull breeder, Rick McCoy contacted Bella's family and offered up one of the puppies from his latest litter.

"My concern outside of just kind of being irate over the circumstances was that the children were the ones losing out," McCoy said. "I'm not looking for anything in return, it just makes me feel good."

Maria Guzman, one of Bella's owners, is excited about the prospect of a new dog for her family of self-described animal lovers.

"I'm very touched. I didn't expect this," said Guzman. "I'm glad some people can understand how we feel."

Guzman said she would share the good news with her grandchildren when they arrived home from school on Wednesday afternoon.

"They keep asking about Bella," said Guzman. "I know if the kids get another (dog), then they might not ask about her as much."

Chyanne Lakey and James D. Forman, with Crossroads Pet Rescue and Rehabilitation, also reached out to the family, offering to help purchase them a new dog when they're ready and fund shots and spaying or neutering.

Forman said the gesture fits with the organization's mission to "bring man and man's best friend back together."

"We're trying to help people while at the same time helping out animals," Forman said. "We're trying to touch lives and touch hearts."