Puppy Shot 3 Times By Pellet Gun In Burlington County Undergoes Surgery

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, CBSPhilly.com

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  • Dog Owner

    I don’t understand what a 17 week old puppy was doing left unattended in a yard alone.

    • e

      Blaming the victims eh?

    • donn

      Poor Rocko! It’s a shame his owner doesn’t keep him safe. They’re lucky he didn’t get run over or stolen.

  • Donna

    It would be great if the BCT lets us know how the puppy makes out with his operation. My heart goes out to the family of the dog as I know that we would be lost without our furry four legged friend!

  • Dee

    Agree another sociopath.. prayers to the baby puppy in hopes for full recovery…
    I love the stories where the animals are to blame…
    you hear often the dog bit the child and the dog is punished or “put down” .. did it ever dawn on anyone that perhaps the child antagonizes the dog and the dog defends itself??
    another story of an animal hurting a defenseless being
    hope perpetrator is caught and shot with a pellet a few times.. but that just might not be enough..
    God bless the puppy for full recovery

  • d-la

    The sociopath was obviously driving around, looking for something (or someone) to shoot, since he conveniently had his pellet gun with him.

  • Pit Bull Mommy

    Alex, you are an idiot. Wow what an amazing dog to jump into a truck, bite the driver, jump out the truck then be shot with a pellet gun.

  • Rene

    Seriously? It’s a puppy. Even if the puppy bit the guy that is no reason to shoot it with a friggin’ pellet gun. The guy couldn’t of been in fear of his life. He is just a cruel SOB that deserves the same.

  • Susan

    @Alex, you are an idiot. How are you proposing the puppy bit a guy in a pickup truck? Agree with everyone else, this guy’s a sociopath who needs to be apprenhended, shot and thrown in prison.
    Sending good thoughts for Rocko.

  • Dave

    The sicko shooter will be shooting people next…I agree with Linda, need to give same punishment to the perp. Best wishes for the puppy’s full recovery.

  • Linda D Bryant

    When this person is apprehended by the COPS—pls save the taxpayer’s
    some $$$ —administer the same punishment as he did to the helpless puppy–
    shoot this fool; three times in the shoulder with BB’s and let him see how it

  • kate

    shooter more animal than the puppy — well wishes for the puppy’s recovery, in good hands in Langhorne’s animal hospital

  • JamieLee Dominique

    omg so sad i dont know how people could do stuff like this!

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