Deputies: Dog shot minutes after escaping leash near Summerville, suspect sought

Charleston County Sheriff's Office (FILE/WCIV)

Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputies are trying to determine who shot a man's dog in neighborhood near Summerville on Monday.

The dog's owner says as they started out for a walk from their home on Slidel Street Monday morning, his 3-year-old lab mix slipped out of its collar and leash, and ran off down the street, according to the sheriff's office.

After trying unsuccessfully for several minutes to catch the dog, the owner turned around and headed back to his home, he told deputies.

Seconds later, the owner said he heard a single gunshot, and saw his dog come running back to him from W. Pine Street, with blood on one of its legs, deputies say.

The sheriff's office says a veterinarian examined the dog, and determined it had been shot in its right shoulder by a small caliber bullet (.22 or .380).

Deputies questioned people who live on W. Pine Street, but none claimed to know anything about the incident, or to have seen the dog.

The dog survived, but the bullet remains lodged in its shoulder, and veterinarians have advised against removing the bullet because it would cause further damage, according to deputies.

The Charleston Animal Society has offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who can offer information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

If you have any information about this incident, contact the Charleston County Sheriff's Office at 843-202-1700.

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