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.
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