Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com October 8

These are the most viewed headlines on WHSV.com for October 8th. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

Hotel Warns Guests to Be Aware of Bears

Reporter: Anna-Lysa Gayle

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- One valley hotel is warning guests to be alert for bears.

This all comes after finding a mother bear and three cubs outside of the Holiday Inn.

The general manager of the Holiday Inn on East Market Street says he is now starting to distribute handouts to his guests, to warn them about the dangers that comes with the bears.

"Well throughout the weekend while they were here, the Department of Game (and Inland Fisheries) indicated that we should hand out this pamphlet we printed from the website. It talks about black bears, where they are in Virginia, what their habits are like and how to be safe around black bears," said Scott Chico.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries also has a video on YouTube to educate people about the dangers.

 

Police Investigate Dog Shooting

Reporter: Charles House II

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- The Staunton Police Department is investigating a pet dog being shot in the 800 block of Springhill Road on October 3.

At approximately 9:15 a.m., an unknown suspect shot the small mixed breed with what is believed to be a high pressure pellet gun, said police.

The dog suffered abdominal injuries and remains hospitalized in stable condition.

The family said they heard their dog, Jack, crying in pain on Thursday morning and found him in the back yard bleeding.

The family feels that the potential shooters are limited to two houses nearby.

Police have only identified one neighbor who claims to own a pellet gun.

The family is concerned with their finances and their safety.

The dog's owner, Nichole McLamb, said, "To be quite honest we don't, we don't feel safe being in this house anymore because we can't even take our dogs outside, and people are shooting."

Because of debris in his intestine, the dog's survival is questioned.

The family also says that with the medical bills and their newborn baby, moving will be difficult and costly.

Anyone with information is asked to call either the Staunton Police Department at 540-332-3842 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-322-2017.

FBI Investigates Va. Child Abduction

The FBI is trying to get the word out across Virginia about a child abduction in Isle of Wight County.

Investigators say the victim was taken from a bus stop last week.

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office released sketches of a suspect in the case.

They say the victim of the abduction was assaulted twice at two different places.

The suspect then drove her back to her neighborhood and let her go.

If you have information, call the Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office at 757-365-6290.

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