Owner fil­ing police re­port

Northern Pen - - Front page - Kyle.greenham@north­ern­pen.ca

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 pel­lets shot through his legs. The dog is cur­rently in re­cov­ery and a police in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way.

Cur­rently, Figis is not able to walk. Fe­quet is hope­ful his dog will re­cover and does not suf­fer per­ma­nent phys­i­cal dam­age.

“Right now he can’t even stand up, and when I went to the other room he tried to drag him­self across the floor to fol­low,” Fe­quet said. “I’m sure he’ll be able to walk again, but I don’t know how long it will take.

“The dog runs with me on the bike and Ski-doo and I’m won­der­ing if he’ll be able to do that any­more. I’m hop­ing it doesn’t im­pede on his nor­mal life.”

Fe­quet is also hope­ful this does not cause psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age on his dog, such as a per­ma­nent fear of guns or strangers.

Thus far, he says a lot of lo­cal peo­ple have com­mented on his Face­book post about the in­ci­dent, but no one has come forward and pointed out a sus­pect yet. Fe­quet feels cer­tain the shoot­ing was not ac­ci­den­tal.

“Ev­ery­one in the vil­lage owns a gun so you can’t re­ally point any fin­gers,” he said. “It was an in­ten­tional shot; they shot at his legs so has not to kill him. They could’ve just scared them off and shot into the air.”

From en­sur­ing the health and safety of his dog, fil­ing a re­port to police and go­ing back to work on lit­tle sleep, it’s been a hec­tic time for Fe­quet. His ma­jor aim is to en­sure Figis is kept healthy on the mend, and that police can found who­ever was re­spon­si­ble for the shoot­ing.

“He’s an af­fec­tion­ate dog – he’s not ag­gres­sive and is used to be­ing so­cial. That’s not just a dog to me, it’s my fam­ily,” Fe­quet said.

“I want this to get out, I want peo­ple to know this kind of thing isn’t okay.”

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SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

One of Figis’ dam­aged legs.

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