This month the Animal Hotline received a call with a rather disturbing animal story. Following is the letter from our neighbor which describes what happened.
We wanted to report a very troubling incident that happened to our new dog. We recently adopted a dog from a rescue group, and he is just getting accustomed to living here on Tunnel Springs Road. Last week, he got away. We were searching for him on foot and in our car, and he finally came home after about three hours.
When he came home, we saw that he had been spray-painted with target symbols—large white circles with red centers on each side of his body. Two people at least would have to be involved, one to hold him and one to spray. The incident is upsetting for several reasons, not the least of which is that there are people in the area who would, for whatever reason, capture and do something like this to a very sweet and gentle-natured dog.
We wanted to let our neighbors know that such people are here. Everyone should be extra careful of their animals with such people around.
—A Concerned Neighbor
Both the Animal Hotline and our neighbors hope this was just a stupid prank.
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