Dog shot by pellet gun in North West River

Derek Montague
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A young couple from North West River is relieved their two-year-old dog Tucker is alive and well after being shot by a pellet gun.

According to the dog’s owner, Chelsea Shiwak, Tucker is lucky the pellet didn’t kill him when it entered to dog’s body.

“He’s going to be okay, there was nothing major hurt,” said Shiwak. “But it was just outside of his stomach lining and went between his spleen and his stomach and just stopped before hitting an artery.”

The troubling incident took place on May 28, sometime between 9 a.m. and noon. Tucker wandered off after Shiwak’s boyfriend, Derick Williams, took the dog out into their yard.

Shiwak claims it’s unusual for Tucker to do this. He is usually tied on or just plays with other dogs next door.

“Derick let him out by the yard, and he usually just stays around, or he’ll just run to the neighbours and play with their dogs. But he decided to go further that day,” said Shiwak.

“He wasn’t out for a walk in a little while, so he was probably getting a little anxious about that.”

When Shiwak and Williams located Tucker, it was clear the small dog had an injury. At the time, Shiwak figured Tucker must have gotten into a fight with another dog.

“There was blood on one side of him and he was really tender and not really getting around like himself,” recalled Shiwak.

But, after taking Tucker up to the vet in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the couple received the shocking news that their beloved pet had been shot.

“It was pretty disturbing, really. You would think that people would respect people’s animals,” said Shiwak. “I know that he’s not supposed to be running around, but he hardly do run around, he just got off that one time.”

“It’s scary because there’s children around, not only animals … and they’re shooting guns in town.”

Tucker received surgery on May 29 and is expected to recover from his wound. But Shiwak is till trying to figure out who shot her dog with a pellet gun.

“We told the SPCA about this and we contacted the police. They (the RCMP) are supposed to be trying to figure out what they can do about it.”

Sgt. Chris Hastie of the Sheshatshiu RCMP detachment said an investigation is underway to try and find out who shot the dog and why.

“We’re doing some neighbourhood inquiries in and around Portage Road,” said Hastie. “And I’ll be speaking with the Mayor and Council next week regarding this, (asking) if they can pass on to the community members that this kind of conduct isn’t going to be tolerated.”

Hastie is asking members of the public to come forward if they have any information regarding the incident.

“If you have any knowledge of this dog being shot with the pellet gun to notify the RCMP in Sheshatshiu,” said Hastie.

Anyone with information on the incident can call the Sheshatshiu RCMP detachment at 1 709 497 8700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 TIPS.

Shiwak and Williams are also bracing themselves for a potentially costly vet bill. The couple has an 11-month-old baby and Shiwak is pregnant with another. At a time when the two need money for raising a family, every cent is counted.

“Well it kind of sets you back, because we’re living in an older house too that we’re trying to repair, and we got one child and one on the way,” said Shiwak.


Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: North West River, Happy Valley, Goose Bay

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