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Monday, Mar 12, 2012County: Bannock
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Alleged: Brock C. Merrill
The Pocatello Police Department is investigating a case of animal cruelty and need the public's help to identify the owner of the injured animal.
According to a news release, Pocatello Animal Control and Pocatello Police officers responded to the area of the1100 block of Cedar Hollow on Monday at about 2:30 p.m. in reference to an injured dog.
When officers arrived, they determined the dog had been shot with a large caliber firearm. The injured dog, a black and white lab mix, approximately two years old, was immediately transported to a local veterinarian. Investigating officers followed a blood trail left by the dog, to the area of the 1200 block of Cahina Way. The officers contacted residents and witnesses in the area and a suspect was identified. The suspect, Brock C. Merrill, 36, was subsequently charged with Cruelty to Animals and Discharging a Firearm within City Limits, both misdemeanor charges. The weapon was identified as a .357 magnum revolver.
Merrill called KPVI News 6 Tuesday afternoon to explain his side of the story and he says the dog had been roaming his property for roughly a week with no tags or license and he assumed the dog was a stray. Merrill says his three children had become scared of going outside and he became concerned for their safety. Merrill admits to not calling animal control because he believed his property was on county land and realizes now that his property lies in both jurisdictions. He says he would have never discharged the firearm had he knew he was in city limits and he intends to fight both citations.
Lt. Paul Manning with the Pocatello Police Department says regardless of the circumstances it is best to call in the professionals.
"While we can understand the frustration, we can't condone discharging a weapon in the city limits or injuring an animal to where it has to have surgery and nearly lost its life," said Manning.
The dog is currently in stable condition after surgery. Veterinarians at Alta Animal Hospital did a great job of saving the dog's life, however, the bullet cannot be removed from the dog's neck. They are optimistic the dog will recover from the wound.
Mary Remer with the Pocatello Animal Shelter says they were able to locate the owner of the dog.
The owners talked to KPVI News 6 and say they are thankful for the community's efforts in saving his life and getting him back home. They also said Mr. Amazing's real name is Jack.
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