The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout after a series of dog shootings around Hazel.
Capt. Richard Steen says county residents have officially reported only one case of animal cruelty, but the sheriff’s office has heard of at least three other incidents where the dogs were killed. Steen says the reported incident involved Joe Pat Elkins of Puryear Tennessee and his border collie Levi.
“He had found his dog after it had been missing for a few days and it had apparently been shot. He carried it to the vet, and the vet confirmed it. The dog did survive however it does have serious wounds.”
The dog was not known to be aggressive and will likely lose its left eye from the shooting.
Steen says the sheriff’s office is looking for more information about other cases of animal cruelty. First degree animal cruelty is a felony charge and is punishable for up to five years in jail.