This Dog Was Blinded By Shotgun Pellets, He Still Wags His Tail

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BUSHKILL -- A reward is now being offered in the Poconos to try to help find who's responsible for shooting a pit bull.

The 14-month-old dog, named King, is recovering at home, but he's now blind.

The pit bull's owners say they still can't believe someone shot their dog with bird shot last week in Bushkill.

King's owners say the dog got loose while they were at work.

The 14-month-old pit bull still has bird shot all over his face, ears, and body, but he still wags his tail.

Lexi Lamont says this is how King was found last week after he got loose.

"I immediately started bawling my eyes out. I didn't know how to take it. King is my child and I would do anything for the dog," said Lamont.

Pocono Veterinary Services in Scotrun says the pit bull was brought in Wednesday night and X-rays revealed just how badly King was hurt. All the bird shot bruised and blinded him. Vets say he was also sprayed with mace.

"Sadly, it's not shocking because this is the third gunshot wound we've seen with dogs and it makes you sad," said Pocono Veterinary Services Dr. Nancy Gruber.

Vets say the shotgun pellets will stay in for now; it would cause the dog more pain to remove them.

King's owners hope their dog will gain back some of his sight, but they know it's not likely.

"He runs into a lot of things, and knowing my dog so well, I think he gets very frustrated with the fact that he cannot see sometimes," said Lamont.

Although King's owners know they can't change what their dog has been through, they are extremely thankful for everyone helping them through this difficult time.

King's vet says they've received thousands of dollars to help pay for King's care.

"Never, never expected something like that, never. It's just been so overwhelming, there's so many good people out there," said Pocono Veterinary Services Vet Technician Alicia Kaisen.

King's doctors hope other pet owners learn from this story, while police look for who's responsible for shooting the dog.

"Make sure your animal is secured because unfortunately sometimes you are protecting the world from your pet, but sometimes you are protecting your pet from the world," said Dr. Gruber.

"I wish he could talk so he could talk so he could tell us what happened and who it was," said Lamont.

King's doctors say Pennsylvania SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the person who shot King.

If you have information, call PSPCA's anti-cruelty hotline toll free at 1-866-601-SPCA.


  • SarahBL

    So Lexi Lamont, the pit bull owner, has been bragging about how this pit bull is growling at everyone she and her boyfriend Kyle C Wolf meet or walk by. Police and Dr. Nancy Gruber, what are you going to do when this dog kills someone? This dog has already demonstrated that it is aggressive, and the owner enjoys that and encourages it. The OWNER is who should be getting investigated, and this dog needs.a dangerous dog designation before someone or their pet gets killed

  • sosfdavido

    Visit the owner’s Facebook page for a earlier May entry. I’ve already screenshotted it. She brags about how much the dog growls at strangers.

  • sosfdavido

    Let me break into YOUR henhouse, scare your wife (who tried to chase me off with a broom) and mace me after I kill 6 hens.
    If I’m still killing hens you can shoot me.

  • Sara

    There are so many comments regarding “aggressive” dogs – where does it say that this pitbull was acting aggressively ?? If a dog is about to “maul” someone, it’s understandable – but the vast majority of animal deaths are to animals who are defenseless and harmless due to human CRUELTY.

  • Travis

    Completely untrue! Perhaps you need to read true facts. These dogs were bred to protect homestead/livestock. Many, many, many years ago the were used in bull fighting, but that being said they are not inherently aggressive. I own a beautifully sweet 2 y/o male pit. The most loving, sweetest dog I know. Many friends also own very sweet pits that show of animal agression or person aggression. Yes these dogs can be raised to be aggressive but so can chihuahuas. It’s the simple perpetuation of false truths like yours that create hysteria and unrighteous fear of an otherwise loving dog.

    • SarahBL

      Travis, do NOT lie. Pit bulls have been bred for hundreds of years for dog fighting and dog fighting ONLY. They were never used around livestock because they kill livestock. At least don’t spew propaganda from the dog fighters trying to hide the truth!

  • MsM

    I am l glad the dog is ok, however, if ANY aggressive dog like a pit gets loose and poses a threat given the gun ownership in the area there is a likelihood the animal may get shot at. Most people don’t walk around with the thing but large dogs can be intimidating. Me, I would’ve called animal control.

  • ann t. kelly

    my question, if the despicable person who did this to this defenceless dog was just walking down the street or in the park with his dog or children and felt in danger, why was this person carrying mace and a gun. is that what he packs in the baby bag, with extra diapers, baby wipes and a bottle of water, when he goes out for a walk? or, and in my opinion, this sick person was just waiting for something to shoot?

  • Jenn

    Ashley, ANY dog can be aggressive. Pitbulls get such a bad rap and NOT all of them are mean or aggressive. If the person felt so threatened then they should have called the cops instead of shooting the animal. I hope they find the scumbag who did this because this was cruel and uncalled for. Nobody knows the story and just because the dog was maced doesn’t mean he was aggressive. It could also mean the idiot who did this did it out of fun. Why is it always the animails fault?? Look around because people now and days are the aggressive ones!

  • Jake

    The only thing that makes me feel this may have been justified is the article stated the animal was maced also. If mace was deployed and the animal was still aggressive or trying to attack then good shoot. If that is the case. I’m interested to see how this pans out. Has this dog ever been aggressive with people or other animals in the past?

    • Sara

      I agree. If there is proof that the dog was acting aggressively, I understand and in that case, I’m sure the person who was in danger or hurt would have been the first to come forward. Remains to be seen…

  • Jake

    A few ways to look at this. 1. Justified? Likely not. If the animal attacked or the person shooting has reasonable belief he would attack (growling/showing teeth/charing agressivley) fine then shoot. But no decent person would use something they know wouldn’t kill the dog. If you’re making the shot its life or death for you and the goal is to stop (kill) what is attacking you. 2. Someone being irresponsible is he more likely of the 2. This dog was shot with birdshot. If you were seriously in fear for your safety or the safety of others and had no choice but to shoot then fine, shoot. But who carries a shotgun with birdshot? Nobody I know. If you did have to shoot you would then (any decent person) report the incident to authorities as soon as possible. I can’t say what happened I wasn’t there. But this sounds like someone just shot the dog to shoot him and should be looking at some hefty fines, all the damages to the dog and family financially and jail time along with loss of rights to own a weapon because they obviously are irresponsible. I don’t have high hopes for said person of persons to be caught, but if they are I’d like to hear what they have to say about why they would do this. Just my thoughts.

  • Bethany

    This is so heartbreaking!! My neighbor shot my dog a little over a year ago and i just don’t understand how people can do this to animals! I pray you get justice for your dog because I’m our case unfortunately we didn’t. The local animal police said they could not prove the neighbor did it despite the blood trail from his house to ours :(

  • ME

    Yes, owners need to keep their animals on a leash, but I’ve had people threaten to kill pets, because they got loose on their own or accidently.
    It’s sickening. As for your attitude, I would be fearful and protective, if any animal was threatening me, like showing his teeth and growling. If not, what is there to be afraid of? A breed?

  • ME

    This dog seems mild to me. If someone shot him because he is a pit bull, they should have h*ll to pay. Just the other day, I saw some teen throw a stone at a duck that was just sitting around being a duck.
    It is time to teach these cowards two lessons: 1) Other people don’t share your hatred for animals and will turn you into authorities and 2) our officials better take these increasing cases seriously and handle them in a serious manner.

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