Dog shot 5 times in Ashtabula County survives; reward offered for gunman

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ASHTABULA COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – A donor is offering $1,000 for information that leads to a conviction in the shooting of a dog in Ashtabula County.

Buster the dog was shot 5 times and survived.

The Ashtabula County Animal Protective League announced the reward and is caring for Buster.

They believe Buster was shot between Sunday, August 15, and Tuesday, August 17 in Geneva Township near Padanarum or North Ridge Rd. in Geneva.

Buster is currently with a foster home and will have  to undergo several surgeries, including having one toe amputated.

“It was touch and go for 24 hours,” said Mary Glauser, of the Ashtabula APL. “He is only 8 months old.  He is very friendly and everyone who meets him loves him.“

She said once he is fully healed they will work to find him a “forever home.”

So far no arrests have been made, but APL officials are hoping they can find the person responsible. According to the APL, the case could be prosecuted as a level 5 felony under Goddard’s Law.

“This is just terrible and we don’t want this to happen to any other animal,” said Jen Roberts, of the Ashtabula APL.

Glauser said if anyone has an issue with an animal running at large in Ashtabula County  they are encouraged to call the APL or Ashtabula Dog Warden.

Buster has several bullets still embedded and will need financial help for his medical fund.

You can donate here online.

You can also mail or drop off a donation to ACAPL at 5970 Green Rd., Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004.

If you have any information that can help find the shooter, email mglauser@acapl.org or call the shelter at 440.224.1222 and ask to speak to Mary or Jen.

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