DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A dog owner wants to know who shot his blind pet Labrador retriever nearly a dozen times with a pellet gun.

A few months ago Jon Dukeman noticed his 11-year-old dog Jack was licking a wound. A vet found a pellet and took it out.

Then last weekend Dukeman noticed more blood. X-rays ended up showing the dog has 11 lead pellets deep in muscle tissue, one right next to his spine.

After surgery on Monday Dukeman learned they couldn’t get the pellets out, and now he must meet with a specialist to help Jack.

Dukeman is offering a $500 reward to find out who is responsible for the act, and he says Jack’s vet clinic was so upset that they said they would match that reward amount.

“This wasn’t a random shooting, it was someone setting up and using my dog for target practice,” he told CBS4. “I want this person off the street. I want him punished, and I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

Dukeman said he has an idea of who the culprit might be but he wouldn’t comment further because he said he doesn’t want to jeopordize Douglas County Sheriff’s investigation.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s office at dcsheriff.net.

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