Family Dog Shot While Chained In Back Yard

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UPDATED: Friday June 7, 2013 6:28 PM

A family dog is recovering after it was shot Friday morning.

The dog was shot while it was chained in its owners' back yard in the 400 block of Garfield Avenue.

Owner Shante Taylor said that she heard gunshots around 11 a.m.

"We were in the house, and we heard gunshots, and we opened up our back door to let him in like always and he was bleeding. Someone had shot him," Taylor said.

Officers with the Franklin County Dog Warden's office said that the dog was shot at least one time in the shoulder with a handgun.

Columbus police searched the area for the gunman but were unable to find the person who fired the shots.

Taylor said she thinks the person who shot her pet lives nearby.

"It had to be someone in the neighborhood," she said. "It had to be. The shots came from back there somewhere."

Within minutes, agents with the Capital Area Humane Society showed up to talk with the dog's owners after the shooting.

Agents took pictures of the porch and the back yard.

Taylor said the dog is more than just a pet; it was a member of the family.

"He is my deceased brother's dog," she said.

Humane society veterinarians are now treating the dog and will decide whether he will go back with the family or is eligible for adoption.

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