Wythe County Sheriff’s Office investigates shooting of dog; local rescue provides updates on healing

New River Valley News

BARREN SPRINGS, Va. (WFXR) — The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that took place on April 29 that involved a dog being shot in the Barren Springs section of the county.

Animal Control Officer S.G. Dauley received a call that day to check on a wounded animal. She, along with Deputy E.L. Queen, responded to find a dog that was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The dog was quickly rushed to a local veterinarian for initial care. Multiple animal rescues were also contacted for assistance with ongoing treatment and recovery.

The owner of the dog stated that they could not afford treatment, so possession was signed over to Pulaski Animal Care and Control.

The organization is raising funds for the dog’s care.

So far, treatment has included care for the gunshot wounds, amputation of the dog’s tail, and a likely amputation of one of the dog’s front legs.

Any suspects are likely to face charges including animal cruelty.

“Animal Control Officer Dauley and Deputy Queen should be commended for their quick efforts to save the life of this dog. Their actions and those of the animal rescue went above and beyond in a call that initially seemed hopeless; strong partnerships with veterinarians and rescue groups gave us hope that this pet will fully recover.”

Matthew Hankins, Wythe County Assistant Administrator

PACC Rescue has provided several updates on the progress of the dog, named Luke.

The latest update indicates that Luke is losing blood and has low blood pressure.

Deputies continue to process evidence from this incident and are interested in talking with anyone who may have knowledge of this shooting. If you have information, you are asked to call the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 223-6001.

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