A 6-week old puppy is recovering in a South Carolina veterinary hospital after being shot 18 times with a BB gun.
A worker outside an apartment complex in Rock Hill saw a group of between 15 and 20 kids and teens with the puppy on Sunday, The Herald reports. When he went to check on the dog, he discovered that it was bleeding heavily from a number of wounds and called the police. An officer placed the tiny, terrified animal in a box and took it to the Ebenezer Animal Hospital.
Doctors at the clinic discovered 18 BB pellets in the puppy’s skin and muscles and began treating him for some unrelated intestinal parasites.
“You don’t really know how to respond to something like that,” Dr. Jay Hreiz told The Herlad. “There’s just no excuse for torturing a small, defenseless animal like that.”
Hreiz determined that the puppy was too young to be put under anesthetic to remove the pellets, but since they are not near any of his vital organs, he said that the dog might be able to live “a healthy normal life” without undergoing surgery to remove them.
“He’s going to be a very good companion for somebody,” Hreiz told The Herald. “He’s so far showing a remarkable recovery given what’s going on with him.”
Doctors named the puppy Brody and the little black Lab mix will be available for adoption through Project Safe Pet. The nonprofit told the newspaper that it had been overwhelmed with “hundreds” of requests to adopt the pup. (And, as a result, it will not be accepting any more adoption applications).
Brody was apparently abandoned by his original owner, who has not been located or identified. Two juveniles, a 14-year-old and 17-year-old De’Monte Ty’Juan Douglas have been arrested on charges of cruelty to animals, The Herald reports.