‘That’s not just a dog to me, it’s my fam­ily’

Puppy shot in Blanc-Sablon, owner hopes per­pe­tra­tor will be found

Northern Pen - - Front page - BY KYLE GREENHAM

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.

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Robi Fe­quet is hope­ful his dog Figis will have a healthy re­cov­ery and that who­ever shot the dog will be held ac­count­able.

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