Rock Hill man’s dog shot by unknown assailant

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 26, 2013 

— A Rock Hill man’s dog was shot last week, forcing him to euthanize his pet after a bullet tore through its back and spine, police say.

At about 5 p.m. Friday, the dog’s owner, 38, told police that his tri-colored Jack Russell Terrier was shot in the back sometime Thursday, according to a Rock Hill Police report. The man said a neighbor called him earlier that day and said that his dog was in “distress” as it “barely” made it back into its back yard.

When the owner arrived home, he found his dog in the back yard barely alive, the report states. He rushed his dog to a veterinarian, who said that the bullet went through the canine’s back, severing its spine.

The owner was forced to put the dog down, and said he’s been unable to find anyone who witnessed the shooting, the report states.

Three weeks ago, Stephanie Barber told police that her black pit bull, Xena, was shot by a man riding a bicycle while her brother-in-law walked it down South Wilson Street.

Police have not made any arrests or filed new charges in connection with Xena's shooting, but the street crimes unit is still probing the incident after receiving conflicting witness statements, said Rock Hill Police Executive Officer Mark Bollinger.

Police do not believe the dog shootings are related, he said.

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