Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

January 24, 2014

Dog recovering from shooting

Authorities seeking information

Jackson Adams
Effingham Daily News

WATSON — Effingham County Sheriff's Department is looking for information involving a dog that was shot Monday.

April Adam said she came to her home on 500 East Street in Watson and discovered her 2-year-old boxer, Maggie, was missing. She said the dog was wearing a shock collar to keep it in the yard, although it plays with another local dog. Adam said she heard a scratch on the door and found Maggie bleeding from the face.

"I heard something on the door, and there she is with blood dripping down her face on her left-hand side," she said. "Her eye was just pouring out blood."

Adam took the dog to the the Effingham Veterinary Clinic, thinking Maggie had been struck by a car or had been in a fight with another animal. She was told later that night that Maggie had more than 100 pellets in her head, indicating she had been shot from within 30 feet with a shotgun loaded with birdshot.

Adam said nearly all the pellets had to be removed. She was told the injury would leave the dog with nerve damage the rest of her life.

"They said it was going to be a rough road for her," she said.

Another dog, a black lab named Loco, remains missing from the area.

The sheriff's department is looking for any information as to who could have attacked Maggie.

"We don't get a lot of reports of that," said Bill Arnold, an investigator with the sheriff's department. "Any information on who would have done this would be helpful."

Adam said the dog has changed since the incident, becoming more skittish.

"My son is best friends with her, and she was a perfect dog," she said. "I'm kind of frightened. Maggie is very sketchy now. Any loud noises and she's looking around."

Anyone with information on the incident should contact the Sheriff's Department at 217-342-2102 or Crimestoppers at 217-347-6583 or 877-447-6583.