Remi is a 3-year-old black lab who's like a son to his owner, Christopher Barnett of Slater-Marietta. On December 15 Christopher noticed Remi was limping as he returned home to his home near Whitney Street Extention. He was headed to church when he noticed Remi outside the gated fence and assumed his dog had been injured while trying to escape.
Christopher took Remi to Foothills Veterinary Hospital on Monday, where it was soon learned through X-rays that Remi had been shot in his back leg with a small caliber handgun. The bullet left behind lead fragments. Dr. Dan Randall is in charge of Remi's care, who is set to undergo an expensive operation on Friday that will repair the damage.
Remi was shot in the same area as Jiggles, the Marietta cat who managed to return home two weeks after being shot.Examiner covered Jiggles injury in the articles listed at the end of this story under recommended by the author.
Christopher stated in an interview with Fox Carolina
"I didn't know what to think. I was at a loss for words… didn't think anyone would do that. He's not an aggressive dog. He's a Labrador retriever."
With this latest pet shooting, residents in this usually quiet Marietta area are afraid someone is out there shooting pets at random. Both shootings have been reported to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, but no one has come forward with information. Barnett doesn't have much hope the person who shot Remi will be identified.
Meanwhile,the family doesn't have the money to pay for the surgery, due to health issues faced by the family this year. They also have two small children, and are struggling with Christmas just around the corner.
Due to their financial situation, a GoFundMe webpage has been set up to collect donations for Remi, where the family is trying to raise the $1,300 needed for the operation. Please donate if you can, or at least share Remi's story.
If you don't feel comfortable giving money to a fundraising website, Foothills Veterinary Hospital is accepting payments directly. Their contact information is listed below
Foothills Veterinary Hospital
20 Rayford Ln, Greenville, SC 29609
Both pets in the Marietta area managed to get off their property. Remi was in a fenced-in yard and still managed to escape.
This area is within miles from where Roger Owens dragged a dog named Andra Grace. It's a good idea to keep your pets inside where they'll be safe. Not just in the Slater-Marietta area, but everywhere.
Between the dangers caused by those who seem to enjoy inflicting pain on helpless animals, and the threat of your pet being attacked by a wild animal, it just makes good sense.
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