Several dogs found alive but wounded by gunshots

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Dog's being shot, it's a trend that some animal lovers in Rowan County would like to see stopped!

"There's no reason for it," exclaimed Shannon Malone a member of Saving The Animals of Rowan, or STAR.

Several weeks ago STAR was given a dog that was found on the roadside that was shot three times by three different guns, naturally Malone said, they named the dog "Bullet."

"Was it one person with three different guns, or three people with a different gun each, I mean it's unacceptable," said Malone.

Even more recent, a dog named "carolyn," was found limping along a road. After a visit to the vet, on Monday, two bullets were pulled from the small dog, including one just above the paw.

The dog was given to foster owner, Jacquelyn Scott, who said the name Carolyn, carries a special meaning. She and a friend in STAR named the pup in a tribute to a common friend who recently passed away.

"She's just like Carolyn was, she's just a real trooper, she bounces back," said Scott.

Still the scars remain on the dog, both physically and emotionally.

"If I walk out with her, she starts shaking because I think she just connects what happened with being outside," said Scott.

Even when a case like Carolyn's comes along, STAR says they're not going to turn away any animal in need, which is getting tougher to do, as the organization is tight on funds.

"There's just not a word to describe how tight it is," said Malone, adding, "STAR stands for Saving the Animals of Rowan and we do all that we can."

For a group that works largely on donations, STAR is counting on help to come with Friday's fish fry and silent auction. The group hopes to raise enough money to help keep this rescue operation going, without asking volunteers to dip too deep in their pockets.

As for the abuse cases, STAR has reported three cases to the Rowan County Sheriff's Department, which they hope will help put a stop to this recent rise in animal shootings.

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