LUMBERTON, NJ (CBS) – Police in a Burlington County town are investigating an incident in which a puppy was shot three times with a pellet gun.

The incident happened at about 10 a.m. near Flemish Way in Lumberton, New Jersey.

According to Lumberton Police, the owner told them his 17-week-old Australian Labradoodle puppy named “Rocko” got out of his back yard.

When the owner looked out front of his residence, he saw his puppy lying in the street near the rear of a blue pickup truck that was occupied by a white male. As the owner approached the truck, the vehicle left the scene traveling north on Flemish Way.

Valerie Levesque reports…

The puppy was bleeding from the right shoulder area.

The puppy was then taken to the Creek’s Edge Animal Hospital in Hainesport, New Jersey. The veterinarians at Creek’s Edge Hospital confirmed that the dog was shot with three pellets. The puppy was later transported to the Langhorne, Pa. Veterinarian Hospital because one of the pellets just missed its spinal cord. The puppy underwent surgery to have the pellets removed and is now recovering.

The Lumberton Police and the New Jersey SPCA are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Lumberton Township Special Investigations Unit at 609-267-1111 or 609-267-8300.

Reported By Steve Beck,

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