Horror as bullet pulled from dog after shooting
A dog is recovering after being shot in the neck in west Dublin.
The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) has appealed for information following the shocking incident.
The dog, named by staff as Victoria, was shot with what is believed to be a handgun.
The female German shepherd was brought to the DSPCA's office after being presented to a veterinary surgery in the Dublin 15 area last Thursday.
She had a number of wounds, one of which was very deep on her neck. Following an X-ray, it was found that the dog had a bullet lodged in her neck, very close to her spine.
After careful examination, further X-rays and surgery at the DSPCA, the bullet was removed.
The DSPCA veterinary team said Victoria was "very lucky", as the bullet it did not do any major damage and was removed without complications.
She is said to be recovering well but is still very nervous.
The bullet has been handed over to gardai in Rathfarnham for forensic testing.
It is believed it did not come from a shotgun, nor is it from a pellet gun or an air rifle.
DSPCA spokeswoman Gillian Bird said that the charity is appealing for anyone with information about the shooting of Victoria to come forward.
She said the circumstances of the shocking incident are still unclear.
"We are looking for any information," she said.
"We don't know if it was deliberate or an accident. We are waiting on a ballistics report which will tell us more."
The testing should be able to determine if the weapon is linked to any previous crimes.
The search is also under way for Victoria's owner. She is microchipped but registered to the breeder. The DSPCA is keen to reunite the injured dog with her owner.