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Sunday, Oct 3, 2010County: Albany
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
A Watervliet family whose dog died after being shot with a pellet gun has been showered with donations and support, but it has not received any information pointing to the person responsible.
Tracey Mercer now is offering $2,000 to anyone with information that leads to the person who shot her family's 13-month-old Brittany spaniel, Timmy.
The family initially had put up a $100 reward. But when news of Timmy's demise and the Mercer's offer spread, many contacted the family offering to donate to the reward fund.
"The outpouring of support, the number of people e-mailing us, it has been unbelievable," Mercer said Saturday afternoon, after she had spent three hours answering hundreds of messages. "It's unbelievable to see how many people care."
Mercer said the e-mails have helped her family cope with its loss. But none of the messages have provided new information about who shot the dog.
A Watervliet police officer said Saturday he was not aware of any new leads.
Timmy was shot Oct. 3 while tethered to an aerial dog run at the family's 25th Street property.
The dog was expected to make a full recovery after spending several days in critical condition at a veterinary hospital. He died Oct. 9 from a blood clot related to the shooting, Mercer said.
The Mercers have two children, 8-year-old Nicholas and 6-year-old Leah. The dog was given to Tracey Mercer's father for companionship after his wife died, and he then gave it to the children.
If the person responsible never is found, Mercer and the donors plan to give the reward money to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Anyone with information or wishing to donate can contact the Mercer family at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.
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- Times Union - Oct. 17, 2010
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