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Deputies investigating after dog shot in Ontario County

The investigation is moving forward to find a person who shot Ellie, a small dog in Ontario County. Ellie’s owner is now sharing her story with 13WHAM to help bring this person to justice. (WHAM photo)

A traumatic experience left four-year-old Ellie a little skittish of strangers.

“She is a fighter. She's an amazing dog," said Ellie's owner, Emma Chappell.

Chappell said in the late afternoon on January 21, someone shot her mini Doberman mix moments after she let her outside. She said she didn't hear or notice anything suspicious.

“We just saw blood everywhere," she said.

After washing her off, Chappell said she saw what appeared to be bullet wounds near Ellie's leg.

"It was so powerful, it went through her leg, out her bottom and then snapped her tail in half," said Chappell. “She was whining in pain. I didn't know what to do except tell her it was going to be okay."

Ellie spent the next several hours in surgery. She had to have her tail amputated and was nursed backed to health.

"I had to give her pain medicine and antibiotics every morning and night. I had to spoon feed until the cone came off,” said Chappell.

Now on the road to recovery, Ellie is doing much better. It'll be a few more weeks until she'll be able put her hind leg down.

“I don't know how someone can do that to a little, tiny dog - to any dog, really. I mean, that's so inhumane.” said Chappell.

Chief Bill McGuigan with the Ontario County Humane Society has a message for the person responsible.

“If he’s watching, contact our office or the Sheriff's department, admit what you did and maybe you can get a plea deal,” he said. “Otherwise, when we catch you, we are going to prosecute you."

According to McGuigan, the person responsible could be facing a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Anyone with information is asked to call the humane society at 585-396-4590, or the Ontario County Sheriff's Office at 585-394-4560.

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