CLEVELAND -- A 3- to 4-month old puppy is recovering at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter after being shot with a shotgun.
The gentle little female pup suffered more than 30 wounds from the buckshot pellets.
“She was shot predominantly in the head and face, she may be left blind from some of the wounds, some were pretty deep,” said Sharon Harvey, Cleveland Animal Protective League CEO.
The dog was discovered injured earlier this week near an intersection where E. 139th, Kinsman and Union converge on Cleveland’s east side.
A young boy carried the puppy home and his family called authorities.
“It breaks my heart,” said Cuyahoga County Chief Deputy Dog Warden Steven Chapman. "I can’t understand why somebody would do this kind of thing to a puppy or any animal.”
The puppy underwent surgery at the Family Pet Clinic and was then transferred to the county shelter.
She will remain there until Saturday just in case an owner comes forward.
After that, the Public Animal Welfare Society, also known as PAWS, will provide additional care.
PAWS Executive Director Amy Beichler said, “We’re gonna get her healthy, we’re going to check and see what her eyesight is. Regardless if she’s blind or has sight she will go to a forever home that will love and care for her.”
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter, and Cleveland’s Animal Protective League is leading the investigation.
They want the person caught because they say anyone who would harm an innocent puppy is definitely a danger to society.
“We seem to be having a spike in these cases with just outward cruelty and malice toward animals,” said Harvey. “There is such a strong link between animal cruelty and human violence, and we cannot take these cases lightly.”
Anyone with information about the shooter is asked to call Chief Humane Officer Jed Mignano at the APL at 216-377-1630.