DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Members of a Ridgeville community are outraged after an eight month old puppy was shot eight times, one of the bullets is still wedged in the dog's leg. People who live in Hart's Bluff community off of Highway 17 believe one of their neighbors is targeting their pets and has to be stopped.
"We thought she wasn't going to make it," said Emma Gregory. "She was bleeding so much and she wasn't moving."
16-year-old Gregory is talking about her puppy 'Baby Jane.'
Two weeks ago, Deputies with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office were called to Gregory's property in Ridgeville. According to the report they took down when they arrived, they found an eight month old canine named 'Baby Jane' in bad shape in the front yard.
"It just makes me sick," said Dewey Gregory, the 16-year-old's father.
Gregory says the one of the family's newest additions had been shot and he believes it was by his neighbor.
"I heard multiple gunshots," said Gregory. "My daughter looked up and the dog was running through the woods there... She was just covered in blood and shot . The vet says she was shot eight times at close range."
According to the report, the neighbor, who Gregory believes targeted his pet, told deputies he feared for his safety.
The neighbor said 'Baby Jane' and another of Gregory's dogs rushed him in an aggressive manor and attacked his dogs.
The only way to stop the young dog was to shoot it, he told deputies.
That neighbor declined to comment on the incident Tuesday.
However, Gregory does not believe the neighbor acted in self defense.
A kitchen table worth of letters written by neighbors and police reports shows 'Baby Jane' isn't the first neighborhood pet to get hurt.
Emma and her father can name off neighbors who's pets have gone missing, been poisoned and have been shot and killed all in the span of the last two years.
"It's crazy," said Gregory.
Even crazier, says the single father, is that deputies haven't been able to do anything.
According to a Dorchester County ordinance, any animal allowed to roam freely is considered an animal at large. If that animal threatens the safety of someone on their property that person is allowed to protect themselves.
Gregory says he's at his boiling point and a handful of x-rays, reports and pictures shows his neighbors actions are getting worse.
"It's wrong for the man to shot a dog," said Gregory. "Call me to bring the dog home. It's just ridiculous. The man has got to be stopped.
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