Image shows the injuries suffered by 10-month-old Labrador puppy Ozzy, who police believe was shot multiple times with a pellet gun in Highlands. West Shore RCMP launched an investigation after the dog’s owner reported the attack to police. Courtesy West Shore RCMP

Puppy in Highlands shot multiple times with pellet gun

Quick action by owner saw dog patched up, RCMP launch investigation into case of cruelty

A senseless attack on a 10-month-old Labrador puppy in Highlands left a dog with at least 12 pellet gun wounds to its body and the neighbourhood shaken.

West Shore RCMP were contacted by the dog’s owner after he found his pet, named Ozzy, unresponsive in the back yard of his Rockridge Place home on Wednesday and rushed the animal to a local veterinary clinic for care. Staff there removed at least 12 metal pellets from the dog’s body.

The pup was patched up and appears to be doing better, said Const. John Varley of West Shore RCMP, and investigators have begun looking into who might have committed this act of cruelty.

“This brazen attack not only left the puppy injured, but shook a whole community for this senseless act,” he sad.

Added Const. Alex Berube, “the fact it was 12 pellets is a clear indication that this was a deliberate act, so we’re hoping the community can come together and help us solve this case.”

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264, or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit their website at victoriacrimestoppers.ca.

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