She is a beautiful three-month-old puppy, gentle and sweet. Yet someone shot this little pit bull mix puppy with more than 30 buckshot pellets.
A young boy found the wounded dog near the E. 139th, Kinsman and Union Avenue intersections in Cleveland. The boy took her home, and his family alerted authorities.
In an interview with fox8.com yesterday, Sharon Harvey, CEO of the Cleveland Animal Protective League, said of the puppy:
She was shot predominantly in the head and face, she may be left blind from some of the wounds, some were pretty deep.
The puppy, who has not yet been named, underwent emergency surgery at the Family Pet Clinic. Already, 30 pellets have been removed from her tiny little body. Some pellets, however, were too deep to be removed.
She is currently at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, where the puppy will remain until Saturday, to give her owners time to claim her. She will then be released to the Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
PAWS will take care of the puppy and monitor her eyesight to see if her sight will recover or if the puppy will be blind.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible shooting the puppy in Cleveland, Ohio.
Anyone with information on who owned or shot the little pup is asked to call the Cleveland Animal Protective League cruelty hotline at 216-377-1630, or Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.
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