The Front Royal Police Department is investigating an incident of shots being fired, and the Warren County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about two recent shootings at animals. 

The Front Royal Police responded to an incident in the 100 Block of East Criser Road on Tuesday, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

Several witnesses told police that around 11:20 p.m. Monday several gunshots were heard and a mailbox had been damaged, the post states.

Patrol officers and members of the Criminal Investigations Division found multiple spent shell casings and a damaged mailbox in the area where the shooting occurred, the post states.

There is no mention of injuries in the post.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Front Royal Police Detective T.A. Smith at 540-636-2208 or by email

In Warren County, the Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page on Saturday that a dog was shot in its rear end before 11 a.m. Friday on Ridgeway Road. The brown chow/lab mix was recovering and will be OK, the post states. An X-ray photo included with the post shows several bb-type pellets in different areas of an animal’s rear.

On July 9, the Sheriff’s Office posted that an approximately 10-week old kitten was shot with a pellet gun within the town limits of Front Royal. The kitten was doing well and being treated by a veterinarian.

The shooting of the kitten is an act of animal cruelty, a felony charge, the Sheriff’s Office posted. People who harm animals may be suffering from a mental illness or could move onto other violent crimes.

Anyone with information on the animal shootings is asked to call 540-635-4128.

Contact Charles Paullin at