Dog shot by air rifle in Wooburn 'lucky to be alive'

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Joe the sprocker spanielImage source, Caroline Gallup
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Joe the sprocker spaniel is recovering after being shot with an air rifle while playing in a river

The owner of a dog which was shot with an air rifle has said the sprocker spaniel is "lucky to be alive".

Caroline Gallup's dog Joe was shot while playing in the river in Wooburn Park, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, on 28 August.

Members of the public had to pull Joe from the water and found "a very round hole in his side and a lot of blood".

Thames Valley Police is investigating the incident and appealing for information.

Image source, Temple End Vets
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Joe's owner Caroline Gallup said the pellet "could have taken a child's eye out"

Mrs Gallup said the pellet went into Joe's left side, under his spine and ended up lodged in his muscle.

"The vet said he was incredibly lucky, it was millimetres from his spine," she said.

Image source, Caroline Gallup
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Joe was in a river in Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire, when he had to be rescued by passers-by

"Joe is such a happy dog. It is outrageous for him to be shot.

"He is getting back to himself now, although he has been left with an unfortunate haircut."

PC Paulina Wodzynska said: "We would ask anyone who may have seen this incident or anyone who saw someone acting suspiciously in the area to come forward."

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