An Indiana woman is seeking answers after her puppy was shot at about 60 times with BBs and pellets.
Hayden Howard, of Seymour, Indiana, says that her English Mastiff puppy, Jackson, who is less than a year old, was in her fenced-in back yard when somebody attacked him. Later that day, Jackson was acting like nothing had happened, but Howard spotted something on his body and realized that something was wrong.
“He had some marks on him and we thought they were bug bites and stuff,” Howard told WXIN. “Well then Saturday night, I started noticing holes on him.”
At first, Howard thought that the marks were bug bites, but when she took the puppy to the vet, she was shocked by what they really were.
“They were just kind of looking at all the little holes and stuff and the more they shaved him, they just kept finding more and more,” Howard said. “I was in shock, I didn’t even know what to think.”
Howard was moved to the waiting room as the vet then removed 7 pellets and 20 BBs from Jackson’s skin.
“There was one under his eyelid, there was one in his ear, one in his knee, they were all over underneath of him,” she said. “They came out there and he handed me this little cup and showed me all these little BBs and I just didn’t know what to say or what to do.”
Hayden says that a police officer informed her that there were likely twice as many projectiles fired at Jackson as there were found on his skin.
“Twenty some pulled out of him, twenty some that wee probably still in him, and then twenty some that probably hit him and bounced off,” Howard said. “So he said there there were probably over sixty some that actually were shot at him.”
Investigators say they found evidence which reveals the direction from which the shots were fired. The angle led police to the house next door to Howard’s.
According to the Daily Mail, police searched neighbor Tim Woodward’s home and found drug paraphernalia, including methamphetamine and marijuana. Woodward was arrested on drug possession charges. However, no animal cruelty charges have been filed yet.
Police are continuing the investigation and hope to make an arrest in connection with the animal cruelty case soon.
“We’ll see if some of that evidence can possibly be sent to the Indiana State Police lab for examination, and potentially do some follow up interviews and go from that point,” said Seymour Police Detective Sgt. C.J.Foster.
Howard says she is shocked that Woodward could potentially be involved in harming Jackson.
“I don’t know what to think because my neighbors have been really good to him,” Howard said. ‘Their daughter walks him. I mean, they’ve been good to him so I don’t know what to think about that.”
Despite the ongoing investigation, Howard is glad to report that Jackson is recovering and doing well.
Sources: WXIN, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Ocean Yamaha/Flickr