Golden Lab found shot in its neck

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Valencia County Animal Control officials are asking for the public's help in determining why and who shot a dog this week.

The dog, a golden Labrador, was found along Jarales Road.

Erik Tanner, director of Valencia County Animal Control, said the dog was brought into the center with a fresh gunshot wound to its throat at the beginning of the week.

Tanner said officials want to know who the dog's owner is and who shot the female dog.

"We can't tell if it was shot in the throat or if it was shot in the shoulder or vice versa," Tanner said.

Tanner said the wound was still bleeding when the dog arrived at the center. He said the wound was likely from a small caliber firearm since the dog's bones remained intact.

He said in some cases, property owners can shoot animals who get into crops or are harming other animals, such as chickens and other livestock.

It is not known if that was the case with the Lab.

"We don't have any way of knowing that yet," Tanner said.

The Valencia County Animal Control director said the wounded dog was taken and treated by Luvin' Labs, a rescue group. The current condition of the female Labrador is not known.

If you have any information on this case, call Erik Tanner at 866-2479.


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