The owner of the dogs says he discovered the bodies of his red toy poodle and maltese in the backyard Thursday night. He says Baxter and Quincy were shot to death.

Castle Rock police are investigating, but would not say what caused the death of the dogs. They say the homeowners are cooperating with the case.

According to the dogs' owner, the family had been to municipal court twice after receiving nuisance complaints about their dogs barking.

Necropsies, an animal autopsy, have been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death for the dogs. Authorities say those results should be available next week.