A North Carolina animal rescue is asking for help from her community in location the person who stole then abused two area dogs. A reward is being offered for information leading to this persons arrest and conviction. One of the dogs was also shot by the thieves.
Rachel Lambert, who works with Rescue Rowan out of Salisbury, received a call about two dogs who were seen tossed out of a pickup truck. The incident occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on February 22 near Dunns Mountain Road. As it turned out, both dogs had been stolen.
Both dogs, who were stolen from their owners property, were rushed to a vet for emergency treatment, where an assessment was made of their condition. The two dogs, Mercedes, a black and white bulldog beauty, suffered injuries to her shoulder. Bentley, a pit sweetheart, had been shot in the leg, leaving more than 40 bullet fragments.
It was originally thought the dogs had been ran over by the same truck that dumped them, but that information appears to be incorrect.
The vet felt it would do more harm than good to Bentley’s leg nerves to try to remove all of the fragments. For now, they’re being left alone to see how he does without surgery. Bentley is on antibiotics, medicated wound flushes and pain medication.
Based on the trajectory of the wound, the vet who examined Bentley believes he was shot at close range. There’s a monster in the Salisbury community who could look this sweet and friendly boy in the face.
It’s not known at this time whether the person who shot Bentley is the same person who dumped both dogs, who were found covered in blood with one seriously injured.
If you know the person or persons who are responsible for either of these acts (or both) please contact Rachel Lambert via Facebook. There is a reward which is growing as more people hear about this and join together to end animal abuse in this Carolina community.
Both dogs are back with their owner tonight, thanks to crossposting of their story using social media. A friend of a friend saw the photos of Bentley and Mercedes and got in touch with the owner. Even the vet bills were covered by caring people who heard about these abused dogs.
To prevent your own dog from becoming a victim, it’s advised to have your dog microchipped, and to wear the chip company tag where it’s visible on the collar. Thieves are more reluctant to steal a dog that can be easily identified.
You can do your part by posting this article on your Facebook wall and sharing with friends, especially those in the Rowan County, North Carolina area. Whoever did this is most likely bragging about it to someone, and their pride in causing an innocent animal pain will be their downfall.