DECATUR — Detectives are investigating after a pit bull was brought to a Decatur veterinary clinic Wednesday with multiple gunshot wounds.
The dog has since been euthanized by the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center, said Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll of the Decatur Police Department.
The dog's death was confirmed Thursday by Shelter Manager Amanda Fisher. "The dog came in previously injured, with pretty serious injuries, and the decision was made to euthanize the dog," Fisher said. She declined further comment due to the ongoing police investigation.
Carroll said the dog had first been brought to the Decatur Animal Clinic, 1445 E. Pershing Road, by two women who had rescued it. Carroll said they had persuaded the two men they said had shot the dog to let them take it.
“The dog had apparently killed a puppy and the guys were mad at it and started abusing it,” said Carroll, based on information from the women rescuers. “It had been shot a couple of times with a gun. We are going to take a look at the case and see if we can track the guys down.”
Police are seeking the men on preliminary charges of animal cruelty. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.