X-rays confirmed a male Chihuahua had a severed spine at the lumbar vertebrae as the result of being shot with some kind of projectile.
A $1,000 reward is being offered in the shooting of a 6-pound Chihuahua in East Menlo Park that left the animal paralyzed from the waist down and ultimately euthanized.
Residents on the 1300 block of Henderson Avenue found the injured dog Aug. 1 in front of their home in pain and unable to walk. A veterinarian with the Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA discovered entrance and exit wounds on the dog’s hindquarters and X-rays confirmed he had a severed spine at the lumbar vertebrae.
Based on the wound, PHS medical staff determined the dog was shot with some kind of projectile but can’t be certain it was a bullet and not a BB or pellet. No fragments were recovered in the animal.
“We don’t get many cases like this where somebody has shot a domestic animal. It’s usually more shootings of wildlife,” PHS spokesman Scott Delucchi said.
He estimated the last such case was within the previous two to three years.
PHS officials decided to euthanize the animal that same day after tests confirmed his severe condition.
The dog would never have regained use of his back legs or hips, have feeling in the area or have any control of his bodily functions, Delucchi said.
The injury’s location also meant the dog would likely have needed his bladder manually emptied at least twice daily and possibly need help defecating. He might also have been prone to future injury because a dog lacking sensation can hurt itself further by, for example, lying next to a wall heater, Delucchi said.
The male Chihuahua is described as brown, intact and 4 to 5 years old. He had no identification and appeared to otherwise have good health and weight.
PHS/SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting which would likely be charged as felony animal cruelty.
Anyone with information about the shooting should contact PHS Lead Humane Investigator Christina Hanley at 340-7022, ext. 384.
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