A hunter shot a man’s dog on Friday afternoon, mistaking the Weimaraner for a deer. According to Massachusetts’ Truro Police Department, a 911 call was made by the dog’s owner on Friday afternoon – the man stated that his dog had been shot by a hunter in a wooded area near Pine Grove Cemetery.
When the authorities arrived, they found the dog’s owner as well as two hunters, who had remained on scene. In a release, the Department stated:
Investigating Officers located two Weimaraner dogs in the back of the dog owner’s vehicle. The dogs were brownish gray in color and weighed approximately 70 pounds each. One of the dogs had a visible gunshot wound to his right upper leg. The injured dog was immediately transported to the Eastham Veterinary Clinic by ACO Cowing for treatment, and later transported to Weymouth VCA Veterinary Hospital.
Investigating officers determined that the two dogs were running in the wooded area, off-leash, and their owner was wearing a camouflage jacket. The dogs’ owner heard a gunshot and a yelp – at that time, he yelled for the hunter to come out of the woods and the hunter complied.
According to the police, the hunter is properly licensed and is cooperating fully with the investigation; the dog, named Henry, is expected to make a full recovery.
The Truro Police Department issued a reminder to everyone that when walking in wooded areas, it is advisable to wear blaze orange to reduce the chance of being mistaken for a “game animal” during hunting season. While hunters are required to wear blaze orange during certain seasons, all outdoor users who are in the woods during hunting seasons should wear blaze orange clothing as a precaution. Pets should also wear an orange vest or bandana for visibility.
(Stock image of Weimaraner via Pixabay)
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