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Dog shot in the leg in Slater-Marietta

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An X-ray of Remi's injury. (Courtesy: Foothills Veterinary Hospital) An X-ray of Remi's injury. (Courtesy: Foothills Veterinary Hospital)
Remi's bandaged leg. (Dec. 17, 2013/FOX Carolina) Remi's bandaged leg. (Dec. 17, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Remi recovering at home. (Dec. 17, 2013/FOX Carolina) Remi recovering at home. (Dec. 17, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate family who thought their mischievous pup had hopped a fence and hurt his leg, found out that the dog had actually been shot in the leg.

It happened in a neighborhood in Slater-Marietta, somewhere around Whitney Street Ext.

A local veterinarian said, though, he wasn't the first pet to be targeted.

A splint on his leg doesn't stop the 3-year-old Labrador, Remi, from wagging his tail.

But now he needs help going up and down stairs, getting into bed, and even going to the bathroom.

Remi's owner, Christopher Barnett, said that before church on Sunday he noticed Remi outside of their gated fence with what looked to be a broken leg. He assumed Remi had fallen while trying to get out of the fence.

The next day, at Foothills Veterinary Hospital, X-rays showed that Remi had been shot in the leg. Dr. Dan Randall said it appeared to be a bullet from a small caliber handgun that went through part of his leg and left lead fragments.

"I didn't know what to think. I was at a loss for words… didn't think anyone would do that. He's not an aggressive dog. He's a Labrador retriever," explained Barnett.

Randall said he should be able to fix Remi's leg with surgery that is set for Friday.

The doctor is most disturbed, however, that this isn't the first gunshot wound to a pet from the Slater-Marietta area of Greenville County. Just last week he said he cared for a cat who'd been shot.

"Both of these animals got out of their yard. In neither case were either of these animals a threat to anyone. So someone just appears to be shooting stray animals at random," said Randall.

Reports of both shootings have been filed with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. The owners, though, are skeptical that the culprits could be found.

Randall hopes that all pet owners, especially in the Slater-Marietta area, will keep a close eye on their dogs and cats, and keep them near their homes.

When it comes to Remi's surgery, the Barnetts are struggling to pay the vet bills. They set up a website to raise funds to get their dog's leg fixed properly.

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