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A Carrollton family is hoping for answers in the shooting of one of their dogs.
Margaret Walker of 618 Winslow St. said that, occasionally, her three dogs will escape from the back yard “to see the city.”
That’s what happened Friday, Feb. 3, but this time when her husband, Charles, went to round up the dogs, he found one of them – Moka – lying on the neighbor’s driveway, unable to move.
Charles Walker lifted the 45-pound Welsh corgi-mix and took her immediately to their veterinarian, Dr. Mary A. Zink in Bedford.
Zink told the Walkers that X-rays showed what appeared to be a .22-caliber bullet lodged near the dog’s spine, Margaret said, adding that the dog is expected to recover. Zink is unsure, however, if the dog’s back legs will remain paralyzed, meaning Moka may need to rely on a two-wheeled cart to get around.
Moka joined the Walker family six years ago, when Margaret adopted her through Woodstock, a regional rescue that had pulled the dog from a high-kill shelter in Danville, Ky. Woodstock hosts adoptions at Petsmart in Louisville.
“She barks a lot, but she’s not aggressive,” Margaret said, adding that she can’t understand why someone would shoot Moka.
The Walkers filed a complaint with the Carrollton Police Department. Chief Mike Willhoite said Monday that Assistant Chief Steve Abbott is investigating the incident, but so far there were no leads.
If a suspect is found, that person could be charged with second-degree animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor that carries a $500 fine and up to 12 months in prison. The person may be cited for violating the city’s ordinance against discharging a weapon within the city limits, but Willhoite said the ordinance carries no penalties.
Though rumors have circulated on Facebook that similar shootings of animals have occurred in Carrollton recently, Willhoite said this is the only one that has been reported to his department.
The Walkers have established the “Moka Fund” at Carrollton Federal Bank to raise money so that they can offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot Moka.
Anyone with information is asked to call CPD at (502) 732-6621.