A 100-pound English Mastiff puppy from Seymour, Indiana has been pummeled with more than 60 pellets and bbs. The dog’s owner, Hayden Howard, 24, stated the incident happened over the weekend while her dog named Jackson was in the family’s backyard.
According to Fox News, Hayden originally thought the marks on the dog were from insect bites, but on Saturday she took Jackson to the vet after realizing they were holes.
“They were just kind of looking at all the little holes and stuff and the more they shaved him, they just kept finding more and more,” she said. “I was in shock, I didn’t even know what to think.”
Veterinarians shaved most of the dog’s coat and removed 27 pellets and bbs, however 20 more are still stuck in the dog’s body. Another 20 bounced off of Jackson after he was struck.
Police arrested the woman’s neighbor Tom Woodward for marijuana and methamphetamine charges and believe he may have been responsible for the attack on Jackson. A BB gun and pellets were found at his home; laboratory testing is currently being conducted to match them with what struck the pup, however there have been no charges for animal cruelty. Seymour Police Department Assistant Chief Craig Hayes is conducting the investigation.
Meanwhile Hayden reports that Jackson seems to be recovering. A reward of $500 has been offered to anyone with information that could help the investigation Call Seymour Police at (812) 522-1234.
Get well soon Jackson.
(Photos of English Mastiff puppy via Facebook. Last photo of Jackson before he was shot)
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