"We weren't gone even 15 minutes, and when we came back he was already laying in the yard. I thought he was dying," she said.
In the time she was gone, the town's animal control officer shot Chico with a tranquilizer dart. Louisa said the drugs put him to sleep from 3:30 Monday afternoon until 1:00 a.m. Tuesday.
"We were kind of worried what was going to happen to him. About one he got up and was kind of drugged and everything," said Ruben Rodriquez, Louisa's husband.
The dart left a large gash near Chico's left hip. As it all went down, Louisa said her next door neighbor's children were watching.
"They came running up here and told me. He said they shot him inside the fence," she said.
The chief of police, who declined to go on camera, said the opposite. Anson Police Chief David Moore said the dog was outside of the yard when he was shot and jumped back over the fence afterward. Moore told the family to build a secure pen for their dogs in their backyard, which they started right away.
"I hate for anybody else to come home and find their dog like I found mine," she said.
The police chief said the family was given a warning but not cited for the incident. They haven't received any citations for their dogs being out in the past.