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Intruder shoots dog in the eye with BB gun

Megan Abundis
September 06, 2018 05:08 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A case of animal cruelty in northwest Albuquerque left a little girl with learning disabilities devastated.

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A home intruder shot 8-year-old Miriah's dog with a BB gun.

"Miriah is a special girl, to where she goes through some disabilities with anxiety," said Stephanie Wells, Miriah's mother. "They play, they throw the ball, they go on walks, she pulls her. That’s her best friend.”

On Wednesday morning, Miriah and her mother found Rosie whimpering in pain.

"I got a wet towel, wiped the side of her face and it was bleeding," Wells said. "I wiped it, but there were no cuts on the outside, so it was coming directly from her eye.”

Wells checked their surveillance video. In it, a BB gun can be heard going off before Rosie is seen running around the corner.

"Somebody was in our neighbor’s yard, an intruder," Wells said. "Our dog did what she was supposed to do. She kept barking. It almost looked like they were trying to get into our yard, but they couldn’t, the dog kept barking and they shot her right in the eye.”

Wells took Rosie to a vet hospital. X-rays show a pellet in her right eye.

"I could see a metallic object in the front of the eye, which was a pellet, I assume from a BB gun," said Nancy Mclean, a veterinary ophthalmologist at VCA. "We kept her on really good pain medicine overnight. Unfortunately, we can’t save the eye, so we are going to remove her eye today. We expect her to make a full recovery but she’s an awful young sweet dog so this is a shame that this happened.”

The family says the surgery bill is estimated at over $4,000. They’ve started a GoFundMe. They want to make sure this little girl has her best friend again.

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