A pit bull in Berkeley, CA was found to have 38 pellets under its skin after an examination at an animal shelter. Initially the attending vet thought the bumps were ticks, but an x-ray revealed the pellets. The one-year old pit bull was found in a parking lot at at the corner of Addison Street and Bolivar Drive in West Berkeley.
Shooting an animal that many times with a pellet sounds like sadistic torture. It was also suggested the dog was barking and an annoyed person did the shooting to quiet it. However, the very large number of pellets inside the dog strongly suggest it was more likely to have been sadistic, abusive behavior. Additionally, pellet guns (and BB guns) are typically owned by male youth, who occasionally target animals for abuse with these weapons, so the incident fits the profile. Furthermore, another pit bull previously was found in the same parking lot containing a pellet. (It has been speculated that the two dogs are related.)
“The idea is beyond me. We work with these animals on a daily basis, and to know that there are people out there — people who would shoot a dog 38 times — is unfathomable, ” said Bela Kisamov, the humane society medical director. (Source: Daily Cal)
Daphne the pit bull is being taken care of, with the goal of being put up for adoption when she is healthy. Her story was published in the UK, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco, and other media outlets. If perpetrators of these animal cruelty crimes believe they can get away with them because no one is paying attention, they are wrong.
Anyone with information about the dog shooting should contact the Berkeley Police Department.
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Image Credit: Berkeley Animal Care Service