A 13-year-old dog called Shelby Lou was shot with a deer hunting rifle while in her own yard, and her owner thinks the perpetrator is a hunter who was using the Vizsla — a Hungarian working breed — as target practice.
The dog and her owner, Terri Pencovic, live in Grass Valley, a small Northern California city. The dog is recovering after thousands of dollars in veterinary bills. Pencovic said Shelby Lou was badly injured.
“There she was, standing there, about to fall over, with a hole this big in her and a pool of blood,” Pencovic told CBS13. “I knew it was a gunshot.”
The pooch is up and walking again, even though she lost a kidney and is on a lot of medications. Pencovic said the dog’s wound was 2 inches around and required 100 stitches. Erica Queen, the veterinarian that treated her, called Shelby Lou’s recovery so far “miraculous.”
“It’s not normal people who did this,” Pencovic said. “No one who thinks correctly would do this.”
Pencovic has filed a police report, but CBS reports that so far, authorities have no leads.
Watch the report, from CBS13, here: