Officials decided to put the dog, named "Domino," down on Thursday afternoon after locating his owners, who informed them they were currently homeless and unable to pay for rabies testing or the injured dog's veterinary expenses.
Witnesses claim that, prior to the shooting, the dog bit an eight-year-old boy who had been throwing rocks at him.
A police officer, responding to the call about a dog bite, allegedly shot the dog and left him for dead in a field.
A day later after the shooting, the executive director of Gateway Pet Guardians, Jamie Case, discovered the injured dog in a field and helped transport him to a veterinary hospital.
The dog wound up with animal control however, because, by law, the rescue agency had to give the dog to the St. Clair County Animal Control.
Domino's owner, Leah Langley, stated:
It`s kind of sad. He was like my child,”
I made the best choices I could at the time.’
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