LA MIRADA (CBSLA) — Authorities need help tracking down a couple who they say brought a dog to La Mirada only to shoot it to death.

Witnesses told Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies they saw a man get out of an SUV Sunday in an industrial area of La Mirada and fire two gunshots at something put on the ground near the gutter. After the SUV drove away, the witness found a older terrier mix dead from gunshot wounds, in a dog bed in the gutter.

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Images of the shooter’s SUV caught on a security camera were released in an “Attempt To Identify” notice. The SUV was described as a white 2000s Jeep Grand Cherokee with black rims last seen fleeing south on Phoebe Avenue, then making a left on Firestone Boulevard.

Investigators say a woman had been driving and the man had been riding in the back.

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If identified and arrested, the couple will face serious charges even if the dog had serious health issues.

“Take the dog to the vet, take the dog to the humane society, have him disposed of humanely,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Mark Christiansen said. “Not like this.”

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Anyone with information about the SUV or the shooting can call the detective bureau at the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station at (562) 466-5419 or email Detective Christiansen at