According to Friday's WGAL News, a certified therapy dog named "Barney Fife," was shot earlier this week in the yard of his York County, Pa. home.
The injured dog, an English bulldog, belongs to Bill Buckingham, and the pair visits hospice care patients in the area.
According to YDR News, Barney Fife survived the shot to his abdomen, but the bullet remains in his body because he is unable to undergo surgery. The dog is on antibiotics and he is being watched for signs of infection.
Buckingham is baffled by what happened, telling YDR:
I'll never be able to wrap my mind around,
I don't understand it. It takes a sick person to do that. The dog's in his own yard, minding his own business."
The shooting took place during the early morning hours when he was let outside for a potty break.
Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to contact the Northern York County Regional Police Department at 717-292-3647.
If you would like to continue receiving the latest animal related news, tips and advice, please click the "Subscribe" icon which is located near the top, left portion of this column. It is free and anonymous to sign up.
Follow the National Dog News Examiner on Facebook and Twitter!
I am human, if you see a typo, please let me know. Questions, comments or story ideas can be emailed to Eims1@live.com. Please note - due to the heavy volume of emails received, I am unable to respond to each and every request, but they are all appreciated!