INDIANAPOLIS - Metro Police are investigating a case of animal abuse after a 4-year-old female dog, named Belle, was shot on the city's north side.
Animal Care officers were called to the 3700 block of North Kenwood Avenue on October 31st.
Belle's owner told officers her boyfriend tethered the dog outside to go to the bathroom the previous evening when someone shot at the dog.
According to a witness, Belle barked at a man as he was walking by. The man allegedly shot Belle and kept walking.
The bullet entered Belle's side, ricocheted off her ribs and lodged in her back leg, shattering her femur.
The dogs owner said they couldn't afford medical care and surrendered the dog to Animal Care Services.
The Humane Society of Hamilton County was contacted and Belle was rushed to a vet for emergency care.
"It’s heart wrenching, it really is,' said Maggie Owens, from the Humane Society of Hamilton County. "But, we hear those stories more often than we’d like to say."
On Saturday Belle underwent surgery to remove the bullet and save her leg.
"She has a plate in her leg," Owens said. "We have to get her to be able to use that leg again. She’s going to be suffering from these injuries for the rest of her life."
Dr. Aaron Wehrenberg and his team at VCA Advanced Veterinary Care performed the surgery and covered the cost along with Shrout Family Chiropractic.
Belle is recovering at a foster home, but will be available for adoption through the Hamilton County Humane Society.