The owners of a border collie could no longer afford their dog, and so they shot him with a BB gun in the Flanders section of Mount Olive, New Jersey on Saturday. Keith Ropp, 26, and his girlfriend Carly McBride, 24, shot the dog named Scout six times with a BB gun.
According to the USA Today, Ropp and McBride leashed up the 10-year-old friendly dog and walked him into the woods and shot him. When Scout did not die, the couple took him to Flanders Veterinary Clinic where the veterinarian Dr. Nicholas Minervini found two bullets in Scout’s body after taking X-rays.
Dr. Minervini stated the couple’s story sounded suspicious and called police. While being questioned, several BB pellets fell out of Ropp’s pockets. He admitted he and his girlfriend could not afford the dog and were “taking him on his last walk before either putting him down or dropping him off at a shelter.” Scout had been registered to one of McBride’s relatives, however had been in the care of the couple who stated they had been trying to find the dog a new home, but had no success because of Scout’s age.
When the couple had not been successful shooting the dog with a .177 caliber BB gun, and Scout didn’t die, they took him to the vet because he was in pain. Both have been charged with the possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and the unlawful possession of a handgun.
Scout continues to recover at the Flanders Veterinary Clinic and obviously has become a favorite there. He is a very sweet dog, gets along with other dogs and even likes cats. The BBs will not be surgically removed even though one is lodged in the soft tissue near his heart and one is in his neck, Scout is not expected to suffer any complications.
Photos courtesy of Flanders Veterinarian Clinic.
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Hilarious temper tantrum!