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Authorities in Shelby Co. and Jefferson Co. investigating dogs being shot

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Amara was found in the city limits of Shelbyville by a local police officer and rushed to the animal rescue called Tyson’s Chance. Amara was found in the city limits of Shelbyville by a local police officer and rushed to the animal rescue called Tyson’s Chance.
Yankee was also shot in late December. The bullet shattered his leg. Yankee was also shot in late December. The bullet shattered his leg.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In late December, a dog named Amara was shot in the face in Shelby County. 

“She took one, possibly two bullets to the face. It looks like a small caliber pistol,” said Ashley Shelburne, Director of Tyson’s Chance.

The dog was found in the city limits of Shelbyville by a local police officer and rushed to the animal rescue called Tyson’s Chance.

“She did lose an eye. It was completely destroyed so two days after she was shot, we went in and had to do enucleation and had to remove her eye,” said Ashley Shelburne. 

It's the first time this organization has dealt with this kind of crime.

In the past few months officials in Jefferson County have been dealing with this problem too.

“He's now on the road to recovery,” said Leslie Hawk, with Louisville Metro Animal Services, when describing a dog named Yankee.

Yankee was also shot in late December. The bullet shattered his leg.

“We see a lot of abuse. We see a lot of neglect. It's heartbreaking. It really is,” said Hawk.

Officials with Louisville Metro Animal Services have dealt with multiple cases like this since September.

“There have been four dog shootings that we know of so far and they're all occurring in the 40210 zip code, which lets us believe that they are related,” said Hawk.

Leslie Hawk says one dog didn't survive. Two had their legs amputated, including Yankee.

The dogs shot-were pit bulls, and German shepherds.

Officials are working with police and have recovered bullet fragments, to see if the four cases in Jefferson County are related.

In the meantime, officials with LMAS and Tyson's Chance are urging people to come forward with information to help solve the recent crimes in both counties.

“People that are out here shooting animals for entertainment is not anything that's going to be acceptable in our community and we need to try to get to the bottom of these cases so that people understand the seriousness of their responsibilities,” said Shelburne.  

If you have information about the animal abuse in Jefferson County, you are asked to call Louisville Metro Police at 574-LMPD or 473-PETS.

If you have information about the dog being shot in Shelbyville, you can call Tyson’s Chance at 321-7074 or Shelbyville Police at 633-2326.

For information on the Arrow Fund, which helps provides medical treatment to animals who have been victims of extreme torture, abuse and neglect, click here

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