PLAISTOW — Jaycee, a 9-year-old German shepherd mix loved to play in the woods behind her owner’s garage. But she always came back.
Tuesday afternoon, she didn’t.
Jaycee was found near the train tracks behind USA 1 Motors, shot to death.
Maureen Mahoney had let her dog out as she always did while she worked in her ex-husband’s garage.
When Jaycee didn’t return, Mahoney, ex-husband Joey Curto and son Joey all set out to search for the beloved family pet.
Twenty minutes later, they discovered a horrific scene — Jaycee lying still near the train tracks on Westville Road.
“We found her motionless near the train tracks,” said Mahoney, a Revere resident. “I think she was dead when we arrived.”
Jaycee had been fatally shot by a single bullet to one of her hind legs.
“We have no idea why anyone would do this,” Mahoney said. “We never heard anything.”
Mahoney often works in the office at her former spouse’s business, she said, and Jaycee always went with her.
“She’s just a sweetheart,” she said. “She would love to go out and play by the woods outside. But she always came back.”
Mahoney said they noticed Jaycee was missing around 1 p.m. They searched the area, including the nearby woods where Jaycee loved to play.
They would never see their longtime company alive again.
“We didn’t know what had happened,” Mahoney said. “My son had tried to give her mouth to mouth to try to regain consciousness. But then we noticed that her belly was very jiggly. Then we saw the bullet hole in the back of her leg.”
They immediately called police, who canvassed the area.
So far, police haven’t identified a suspect or a motive.
“We are working on some leads right now,” Deputy police Chief Kathleen Jones said, “but nothing that I’m at liberty to discuss.”