‘That’s not just a dog to me, it’s my family’
Puppy shot in Blanc-Sablon, owner hopes perpetrator will be found
BLANC-SABLON, QUE. — After his dog was shot, a BlancSablon man is hoping that the perpetrators will be held responsible and that his dog undergoes a healthy recovery.
Around 7:20 p.m. on Monday, May 28, Robi Fequet’s eight-month-old Australian Shepherd puppy Figis returned home bleeding with several lead beads shot through his legs.
Fequet had let Figis and his other five-month-old dog outside after supper that night, to roam the open field and hills behind his home in Blanc-Sablon.
“We let them out there often to chase around rabbits and stuff like that,” he said.
But this evening, the dogs had gone past the hills and wandered into the village just outside of the Labrador Straits.
Fifteen minutes later the two dogs returned home and Fequet was shocked to see the pools of blood and wounds on three of Figis’ legs.
“His back leg was the worst, it had 10 holes into it,” Fequet said. “At first I thought he may have gotten hooked on a fence, but when I looked at the injuries I found two lead beads that I picked out.”
Fequet suspects that the dogs were shot on someone’s property. Both of his dogs had tags with names and phone numbers on them.
On Tuesday, May 29 he reported the incident to police and an investigation is underway.
The night of the shooting Fequet took the dog to a local nurse who bandaged the puppy up. According to Fequet, the nurse told him that the dog’s wounds are not life threatening and it appears none of his legs are broken. He has since given the dog some antibacterial ointments to prevent any infection and he plans to take Figis to a veterinarian in the coming days.
Robi Fequet is hopeful his dog Figis will have a healthy recovery and that whoever shot the dog will be held accountable.