FLATWOODS, Ky. (WSAZ) - UPDATE 3/2/19 @ 11 p.m.
Monday started off normal for the Baldridge's until they looked out their window and found a dog covered in blood.
"She was on our porch and she lost a lot of blood,” J.C. Baldridge said.
After getting closer, they saw the five-year-old German shepherd had a hole in her face.
Despite her injuries, the dog was surprisingly sweet.
"Saw how friendly she was. She just ran right up tail wagging. She didn’t know what was going on with her,” he said.
But they knew the clock was ticking, so they jumped into action, trying to find the dog's owner via Facebook. Within minutes Rooney’s parents were on their way to the Baldrige's.
They rushed her to the vet who told them she probably wouldn’t have made it if it had been any later.
After almost losing their beloved pet, they're thankful she'll be coming home.
"You just got to understand that when you do something like that, that that's part of someone's family and know you're hurting them really bad,” Jeffrey Tolliver, one of her owners, said.
The vet also said that there was nothing in her teeth to show that she was in a fight or attacking anything to begin with.
"She’s a real high-spirited dog, loves to play, get out in the yard and run around. Hopefully she doesn't lose that,” Tolliver said.
Something similar happened to the Baldridge's Cane Corso just a couple months ago. After getting loose and going missing for 2 hours, they found their dog, Tank, shot near his leg with a bear trap attached to him.
"It might be dogs right now. Next it could be a child, it could be an adult. This is just, in my eyes, a gateway and we will find who's abusing our animals,” Baldridge said.
For now Rooney’s owners are hoping that people take advantage of local resources instead of pulling a gun on an innocent pet.
"You need to call the law, we have animal control you know there's other things that you can do,” Shelby Sallie, one of Rooney’s owners, said.
Rooney is expected to make a full recovery and will be coming home on Wednesday.
If you know anything about this crime, you're asked to call Flatwoods Police.
ORIGINAL STORY—3/2/19 @ 2:54 p.m.
A pet is recovering after police say someone shot the dog in the head.
The owner's mom tells WSAZ her son accidentally left a gate open Monday night and his dogs escaped.
A Good Samaritan found one of the dogs, but it had been shot.
Flatwoods Police officers say the German shepherd was shot in the head around 1 p.m. Monday. It happened in the Deschum Street and Ridge Road area.
The dog was taken to the vet and is expected to recover.
The owner's mom is going to offer a cash reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
If you have any information about the case, call 606-473-1411 or dial 311 within Greenup County. You can also submit an anonymous tip on the police department's website.