Search and rescue bloodhound shot in Indiana

Published: Aug. 7, 2017 at 3:53 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2017 at 9:40 PM EDT
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The Mantilla’s said they filed a police report and are looking for more information. (Source:...
The Mantilla’s said they filed a police report and are looking for more information. (Source: Michelle Allen-Mantilla)
(Source: Michelle Allen-Mantilla)
(Source: Michelle Allen-Mantilla)

GEORGETOWN, IN (WAVE) - On Sunday morning, a family in Georgetown, Indiana found one of their bloodhounds shot.

The Mantilla family owns River City Bloodhounds and trains bloodhounds to perform search and rescues.

"To think that somebody in our community could hurt a dog that gives so much back," Michelle Mantilla said.

Mantilla and her husband found their two-year-old bloodhound, Maize, shot in their back yard. Maize is months away from being certified as a "live found" dog, looking for lost or endangered people.

"These dogs are able to go and search for that individual and help find them for their family," Mantilla said.

Mantilla says she normally lets her dogs roam the gated area of her yard but Sunday's shooting has stolen her sense of security.

"If someone can be that brazen to come through in the middle of the morning and shot your dog while you're home and everybody is out in the neighborhood, who is to say they wouldn't shoot somebody else," Mantilla said.

Floyd County Sheriff's Department took a report. They say this is a rare case and a pellet gun was used on Maize. There are no suspects and the only witness is an animal.

Michelle says the ironic part is Maize could track the pellet back to a suspect.

"But due to the placement of the bullet they can't take that out it's going to stay there," Mantilla said.

X-ray images show Maize was hit behind her ribcage about an inch from her spine.

Maize is healing at Shively Animal Clinic and Hospital and is expected to recover.

Mantilla says she was too close to losing one of her babies for a lesson not to be learned.

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"Knowing where you are and knowing what you are shooting at and knowing your surroundings so that something like this doesn't happen again," Mantilla said.

The Mantillas ask that any information about this case or suspicious behavior seen in the Irongate Subdivision late Saturday or early Sunday be reported to the Floyd County Sheriff's Department.

On Monday morning Allen-Mantilla said she cannot believe someone could be so cruel to a dog that spends its life helping humans.
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