Few things are more repulsive than people harming vulnerable animals and the majority of us concur that those who commit crimes should face the full force of the law.
One such case involves Indiana resident Hayden Howard, a devoted owner of Jackson, a 100-pound English Mastiff. Jackson is only a few months old. He was recently outside having fun in the enclosed backyard. Soon after Jackson started acting abnormally, Hayden became aware of it. He recoiled when she attempted to pet him. Then she saw blood, then strange marks on his body.
“He had some marks on him and we thought they were bug bites and stuff. Well then Saturday night, I saw started noticing holes on him,” Hayden explained.
The incident happened in April 2017, although the dog appeared to be performing normally, Hayden noticed holes in her less than one-year-old puppy and realized this was much more serious than simple bug bites. The holes covered the entire body of her cherished canine, not just a few spots.
“There was one under his eyelid, there was one in his ear, one in his knee, they were all over underneath of him,” Hayden added.
Jackson was soon taken to the vet by Hayden. The doctor then had 20 BBs and 7 pellets removed from his body. Jackson had to shave practically all of his fur since there were so many of them. The cops were contacted right away.
According to Hayden, a Seymour police officer told her there were probably twice as many missiles thrown at the dog, despite the fact that he had a startling 27 projectiles recovered from his body.
The police informed Hayden that they suspected he had been shot at over 60 times, with some of the bullets either still inside Jackson or having rebounded off the dog’s skin.
“They were just kind of looking at all the little holes and stuff and the more they shaved him, they just kept finding more and more,” Hayden recalls. “I was in shock, I didn’t even know what to think” They extracted BBs from her dog’s eyelid, ears, and knee, among other places. Hayden was rendered speechless and in total disbelief.
Police are investigating the matter and have discovered solid leads and supporting evidence. They secured a search warrant for the home next to the store, where they discovered possible case-related evidence. Detective Sergeant C.J. Foster of the Seymour Police Department added, “Detectives and officers found methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.”
Jackson, fortunately, is doing great. We can only hope that those responsible for such a horrible act of animal cruelty will be held accountable.
“He’s well, he’s home taking medicine and everything,” Hayden said.