Two wolf hybrid dogs found shot dead Monday in a pen in the 200 block of Robin Hood Trail may be the victims of a dispute between neighbors, sheriff's Deputy Brandon Baskette said in a report.
The owner told deputies that he breeds wolf hybrid dogs for sledding.
On Sunday, he moved two of the dogs to an "outer" pen connected to a main pen on his property, the report said.
About 8:30 a.m. Monday, the owner found the dogs dead in the pen.
"He states the dogs had been shot in the head," the report said.
The owner told deputies he has "had problems" with neighbors who believe the dogs recently killed their chickens.
The owner said he must appear March 4 in General Sessions Court to answer a charge connected to the death of the chickens.
One of the neighbors told him "he would pay one way or another" for the chickens, the report said.
The two dogs are valued at $6,000.
The matter was referred to the District Attorney General's office, the report said.