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Florence dog shot while playing in owner's backyard

A pet owner is lost in confusion, and inundated with vet bills after someone shot her dog in her own backyard. (Source: Ken Baker). A pet owner is lost in confusion, and inundated with vet bills after someone shot her dog in her own backyard. (Source: Ken Baker).

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A pet owner is lost in confusion, and inundated with vet bills after someone shot her dog in her own backyard.

“It was absolutely traumatic. You know, I love my animals like they're my children anyway, to come home to that amount of blood was just was horrifying,” Sonya Collins Niles, who's dog was shot said. Collins Niles remembers the day animal control called her to come home because an incident had occurred with her 7-month-old lab mix, Daisy.

“There were blood drips and blood puddles pretty much everywhere to where I found her lying almost lifeless in my bathroom,” Collins Niles said. She said her mind began racing trying to figure out what happened to her dog.

“I didn't know if she had been shot, or if she had been in a fight with someone else's dog,” Collins Niles said.

After rushing Daisy to the Westside Veterinary Clinic, doctors struggled to find the two places where Daisy was bleeding out. Niles Collins shared with us the x-rays doctors took, and those pictures showed that Daisy had been shot.

Daisy was shot once in her neck and the other in her side. 

Almost two weeks later, those pellets are still in her body. “With it not hitting anything else, and not doing much damage internally they said it's probably not the best thing to do to go in and take them out,” Collins Niles said.

WMBF News checked with Florence Police, and right now police are investigating the incident, and looking for the person who shot Daisy.

Daisy was shot in the backyard. There is a small space where that runs between her fence, and her neighbors' fence. Collins Niles said all though Daisy was in that space when the incident happened, Daisy was still on her property.

“We've incurred a lot of vet bills because of this. You can't just go around shooting people's dogs in their yards. For someone to think that she would do anything to hurt anybody is crazy,” Collins Niles said.

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