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Teen who says her dog was shot to death by a neighbor, gets big surprise

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A family who was supposed to come face-to-face with the man they say shot their dog didn’t get that chance Wednesday morning. That’s because he didn’t show up to court, though his lawyer did to request a continuance.

However, the family told FOX 4 the kindness of a stranger turned their day right around.

Hannah Guzman, 14, suffers from Asperger syndrome. When she and her family found her dog Tobee shot one morning last November, she says she lost not just her help dog, but her very best friend.

The family says their neighbor was responsible for Tobee’s death. FOX 4 knocked on that man’s door last November, and although he didn’t deny shooting the dog, he also wouldn’t speak with us on camera. The Guzman family tells FOX 4 it’s been difficult living right next door, and they were looking forward to the man’s day in court Wednesday morning. The next court date is now set for February 25.

The Guzmans received a sweet surprise, however, that turned their moods right around. An Olathe woman connected with Hannah’s mother on Facebook and offered the teen a new dog, for free.

“I need to go on walks. I need to have a play companion. I didn’t know I needed it until I lost it,” said Hannah Guzman.

The dog donor, Emily Bixler, said, “I had to hold back tears. That was awesome. I think that she’ll love him and he’ll love her.”

The Kansas City Municipal Court confirmed Ross Bumgarner faces a charge of “injuring, trapping, or poisoning” an animal. He also has a hearing next week for a charge of “discharging a firearm.” That court date is set for January 20.