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On Monday June 26, 2017 at about 0847 hours the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a call from a reporting party (RP) stating they located a dog that appeared injured. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers responded to the RP’s location, Old Rail Road Grade Road, McKinleyville-Fieldbrook. Once on scene, Officers contacted the RP and the injured dog. The dog had one, possibly two, gunshot wounds to the side of the neck. It is unknown if the dog was shot in the area of Old Rail Road Grade Road or somewhere else.
The Animal Control Officers transported the dog to a local Veterinary Office for treatment. Vets were able to remove at least two parts of a bullet; however several fragments still remain as they were too small to remove. The small fragments should not cause medical issues for the dog in the future.
The dog is doing well and is now being housed at the Humboldt County Animal Shelter for recovery. The dog is described as a pit bull mix, blue-brown in color, unaltered male about 4 years old with no microchip or ID. This case is still under investigation by Animal Control and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone who recognizes the dog or has information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.