An 11-month-old American-English Bulldog, named Tonka, survived a bullet wound on Sat. Feb 22, 2014, at 9:20 p.m., when the canine was out for a walk with its owner.
Police are calling the incident an unintentional shooting, but they are actively looking for the culprit who could have fatally injured the pet or any other person out that same night.
According to the Toronto Sun, the pet owner and dog were out walking near Dundas St. E.-Bayview Ave., when they hear a loud bang. People started running and Tonka let out a yelp. The owner was in a panic and had not realized her pet was hurt.
The dog was shot near its liver and it needed surgery to save its life. Tonka also suffered an injury to its front paw. Veterinarians said the pet will recover well from surgery and the paw injury, but they are not sure if there will be any permanent damage from the gun shot wound.
A person of interest was seen fleeing the scene at the time of the shooting. He is described as a black male, thin build, long braided hair, wearing a baseball hat and dark clothing. Anyone with information about the shooter is encouraged to call police at 416-808-5100, or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477) to leave anonymous tips.
Tonka deserves justice.