DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A dog owner who wants to know who shot his blind pet Labrador retriever nearly a dozen times with a pellet gun said the reward has increased to $2,000.
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.
“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.
Dukeman told CBS4, “We the owners of Jack have been overwhelmed by the kindness, support, and generosity of our friends and complete strangers. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to you!”
Those who want to donate to Jack’s Fund can call or visit the Animal Care Center of Castle Pines & Castle Rock, 303-688-3660, either by dropping off the donation or contributing over the phone with a credit card. Donors can distinguish contributing to Jack’s medical expenses or the reward fund.
Donors may also go to any Wells Fargo Bank location where a fund has been set up for Jack. The account name is Prevent Cruelty to Animals for Jack fund.
Dukeman said Jack is doing better but remains on pain medication and needs his wounds cleaned three times a day.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s office at dcsheriff.net.