Reward fund increased to $10,000 For K-9 Journey case

Hunt County Crime Stoppers Inc., was contacted last week by a private party,  who wants to remain anonymous, expressed interest in donating $4,000.00 to increase the reward for information leading to the arrest of person(s) responsible in the shooting death of “Journey”, the service dog shot and killed on January 13th, 2018. 

This is the second large amount donated to Hunt County Crime Stoppers in less than a week and increases the reward to a total of up to $10,000.00 in this case. 

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Hunt County Crime Stoppers at 903-457-2929.  All callers will remain anonymous.  A

Journey served as a service dog to Hannah Westmoreland, a 15-year-old girl who suffers from diabetes. Journey, her Golden Retriever, would go wherever she would go whether it was school, church or anywhere within the community.

“We’ve had him for three years and we were going on four years,” said Hannah’s mother Tina Westmoreland. “We are … my kids are just heartbroken and devastated. We are just … I don’t know what other words to say except broken.”

The family contacted the police immediately after finding her. The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the matter.

In an effort to deal with the veterinarian bills, a reward to find the person or persons who killed Journey and the possibility of getting another service dog in the future, the family started a Go Fund Me page and a Facebook Page titled “Justice4Journey.”

“My cousin has started a fundraiser to help with vet bills and to help possibly with the reward to find out who did it … too soon to decide if she will get another dog or not. But, I don’t know what will happen with any of that. I would just love to find out who did it,” said Tina. 

At the writing of this article, the Go Fund Me webpage for Journey titled “Justice4Journey” broke the goal of $20,000.  A