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Old 05-13-2012, 03:15 PM
 
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There was a story in the Statesman about a beautiful puppy who was used as target practice by some unknown individuals.
This happened in E. Idaho, but if anyone has any information please contact the police, or me, as I would love to get my hands on them.\
There is a facebook page to give support to the person who adopted the pup and and is currently posting updates on her health.
facebook.com/HelpAnAngel

for more info you can check out the story here E. Idaho veterinarian says injured puppy appears to have been used for target practice | State | Idahostatesman.com

Someone HAS to have some info on this. These idiots need to be caught.

Thanks!
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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Wow. Good to know that somebody stepped up and is taking care of this poor animal. There are very few things that will really get my blood boiling....but if I saw this happening, I would likely end up in jail for the rest of my life.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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Thanks for posting this! What a sweet puppy. The highs and lows of human behavior are astounding, each in their own way...
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Some people saw the pups- there were 3 of them, all about 4 months old- shortly after the shooting. I can't remember if they heard the shots or not. They thought the injured puppy was dead at first, but realizing that he was not, they immediately rushed him to the vet.

The pup's rear leg was shattered by a .22 bullet, and another was lodged in it's skink below the spine. It will probably limp all it's life, but will recover, and has been adopted. It's very doubtful that the shooter (or shooters) will ever be caught.

Drop-offs are pretty common on country roads here, but shooting strays is not. My brother once had one of his dogs shot by a neighbor, who had a reputation of shooting dogs, and the guy was 86'd out of a popular local restaurant once the word got out. He was also generally ostracized by the community where he lives.

But not all dog owners are dog lovers. There are some sheep and cattlemen who own dogs that are essentially company property and are assigned to a herder; once their summer's job is done, the dogs go back to the company and may be assigned to a different herder the next year. Some, especially younger dogs who didn't make the grade for whatever reason, are just taken down the road and dropped off to fend or die as they will. My niece came across such a pup about 7 years ago on Highway 20 in the middle of the winter. The pup was trying to eat the frozen remains of another dog who had been killed by a car.

The dog's name is 20, and he has been her husband's dog ever since, and has proven to be an excellent cow dog. The experience left the dog with a very reserved attitude toward all strangers, but he's led a good life through a little luck. This rescue examples are as common, because Idaho is full of folks who love dogs. Many more dog lover here than the hard-hearted ones who abandon them.
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:05 AM
 
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I am just blown away by the cruelty some people are capable of. I mean Im not stupid, I dont have blinders on. I hear on the news every day the horrific things people do to one another. But if you go to the facebook page and look at this sweet dog's eyes...I mean they are just so beautiful and kind. Im still not believing this kind of thing happens.
The pup has been adopted and her name is Angel. She and her owners will be at Petco in Pocatello tomorrow if anyone is interested in meeting her. You might not want to bring young children as her injuries are still quite uncomfortable to look at.
She has had one leg amputated, and another bullet came dangerously close to her spine, She has a bullet wound about 1/2 under her eye and stitches just about all over.
She is getting around well on 3 legs and is adapting to life with her new owners.

Does anyone know what happened to the other pups? Were they adopted?
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Border collies are common and popular here. I'm sure the other puppies were adopted.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:20 PM
 
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so glad the pup is okay and was adopted. I have a border collie and he's one of the best dogs I've ever had. So incredibly smart and a sweetheart too.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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it was just discovered yesterday that another one of the puppies had been shot. The second pup's injuries were not as severe, and were overlooked until infection had set in. The pup has been adopted, and has been taken care of by a vet. It's expected to recover with no problems.

That the injuries went undiscovered is no surprise to me; Borders are tough little dogs who shrug off the injuries the get from livestock routinely. I've seen more than one of them knocked unconscious from a cow's kick, and get right back up and go to work if they are allowed to do so once they regain their senses. Even injured, they're not happy to have to go sit in the pickup. Their will to work is immense.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:39 AM
 
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Drop-offs are pretty common on country roads here, but shooting strays is not. My brother once had one of his dogs shot by a neighbor, who had a reputation of shooting dogs, and the guy was 86'd out of a popular local restaurant once the word got out. He was also generally ostracized by the community where he lives.
When someone's dog is killing your animals, and that person will not keep their dog home because they want it to be "free to run", there comes a point where there isn't much choice but to shoot it. When 4 dogs have the neighbor's horse cornered in barb wire and are leaping and lunging at its throat, sorry, they need to be shot at. It sucks to have to kill someone's dog and my course of action has always been to fire warning shots the first time or two unless livestock is in immediate danger (as the horse was). Tell ya what though, it sucks worse to see your favorite livestock animal mauled and half dead with its guts hanging out because Suzy Newcomer thought it was OK for Brutus to "play" with your animals. I realize that there are sadists in this world who shoot dogs for the heck of it, but my experience has been that predation on livestock by dogs far exceeds any damage done by the high profile wild predators.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:36 PM
 
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Animal abuse just seems to be happening more, wonder why..........I think if Idaho would set an example of what WILL happen it would soon give people second thoughts before they abuse an animal of any kind.
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