Six-year-old Cookie is home Friday, getting around well on his three remaining legs. The dog's owner says her beloved pet is making a strong recovery after going though a very difficult ordeal.
Cookie was injured when he went out to play in the middle of the snow storm last Thursday on Jan Young's 68-acre farm. Young says it was unusual when her pet failed to respond to her calls.
When Cookie did come home a short time later, it was clear something was very wrong.
"And about ten minutes later he came in and he was limping and I noticed this pool of blood on the floor then i noticed the leg dangling," said Young.
Young thought at first that her dog had been hit by a snow plow or injured in some other sort of accident. It was only when the dog was taken to a vet for emergency treatment that the owner found out someone had caused the problem.
"And when they took the x-rays they came back out and said he didn't just break his leg, he was shot," said Young. "That's what broke the leg."
The dog was injured so badly that the one rear leg had to be amputated. Cookie spent nearly a week in the veterinarian hospital racking up more than $3,000 in medical bills. It was the concern that someone was out in the snow storm shooting at anything that moved that cause this dog owner to go to the State Police.
"I was told to contact the police and tell them, get this on file, so they know, that somebody is crazy out there and is a little gun crazy," said Young.
State police are handling the investigation that could lead to criminal charges if the gunman is found.
"It can rise to the level of a misdemeanor, if it is a willful, wanton or malicious act, other wise it would be a summary offense," said State Trooper Jeff Petucci.
Cookie's owner says she just wants to call attention to the shooting as a way to urge hunters to be more careful and try to avoid injuries to any other pets or livestock.
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