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Family puppy fatally injured from shotgun blast to mouth

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On December 22, 2013 a 10 month old Great Pyrenees named Hercules escaped his yard in Peru, Mass., according to the Berkshire Eagle. The next night he returned but with a shotgun injury to his mouth. The blast ripped open his jaw and pierced his tongue. As Hercules gasped for air, his family, the Murphys, rushed him to the veterinarian.

With only two options facing them - euthanization or an almost three-hour car ride to Boston for extensive surgery - the Murphys said goodbye to their furry family member. Hercules was buried on Christmas Eve.

Hercules and his sister Maddie, another Great Pyrenees, were Mother's Day gifts for Linda Murphy and she is worried about her remaining dog.

The Murphys are working with local police, animal control and town hall officials to find out who did this. The family wants closure but they also want to be sure this doesn't happen to another family pet, or a child.

There is speculation that it was a hunter, but hunting is illegal on Sundays (the day the shooting occurred) and the Murphys do not live in a wooded area.

If you have any information, please contact the Peru police department at 413-655-8377.

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