On Friday morning, an eight-year-old pit bull who disappeared from a police officer’s home during a burglary in Jacksonville, Florida, earlier in the week, was found with a gunshot wound to his face, reported News 4 Jax. The dog, named “Hemingway,” was found after the police officer’s friends organized a search to find the missing dog.
The officer’s dog disappeared when burglars broke into his Murray Hill residence on Tuesday. According to Action News Jax, guns, the officer’s truck, and keys to his patrol car, were taken during the break-in.
One teen has been arrested in connection to the burglary. The suspect, 14-year-old Patrick Bell, was found driving the officer’s stolen truck. The teen, who was on probation for previously stealing another truck, is facing a slew of charges for the more recent crime, including armed burglary, auto theft, one count of aggravated battery on an officer and three counts of aggravated assault on an officer.
Hemingway was taken to Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Orange Park, and treated free of charge. The volunteers who found the injured dog have declined taking the officer’s $1,000 reward.
(Photo screenshot via News 4 Jax)