A pit bull mix, who was shot and left for dead, was discovered by a rescuer in East St. Louis, Mo., on Wednesday afternoon, reported Fox 2 Now News.
The dog, dubbed "Colt," was allegedly shot by a police officer on Tuesday afternoon. According to witnesses, the police responded to a report that the dog had bitten a child who had allegedly been throwing rocks at him.
One witness, Cynthia Wilson, told Fox 2:
The dog came across the street and the next thing you heard was pop, pop, pop,
The officer, who was said to be from the East St. Louis police department, apparently left the grievously wounded dog where he dropped following the shooting.
A day later, the executive director of Gateway Pet Guardians, Jamie Case, came across the injured dog in a field and went to work to rescue him.
Police were called out, once again, to the scene after witnesses became increasingly agitated over what was happening.
A Fox 2 News reporter, on scene, allegedly heard an officer ask:
We should have down something proper. How do we shoot a dog and leave a damn dog in a field?”
“And you wonder why these people say the (expletive) they say about us.”
Colt was transported to a veterinary hospital where x-rays revealed a gunshot to his shoulder, and head; it is unclear at this point if he will survive the injuries.
The boy who was bitten is currently undergoing treatment for rabies. Family of the child was forced to request the treatment as the dog responsible for the bite could not initially be found - thanks to having been left for dead in the field.
According to the publication, Colt had a microchip and investigators are aware of who his owner is.
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