The RCMP in Port Aux Basques is investigating a case of animal cruelty stemming from a call from a resident of Cape Ray.
The resident advised police that she put her dog out earlier in the day and when the dog returned home, it appeared to be in pain and two marks were seen on its body. The marks appear to be from pellet gun shots.
The Port Aux Basques RCMP has, over the past year, investigated multiple reports of animals, both cats and dogs, being shot with pellet guns.
The incidents are not believed to be related but are concerning. Causing unnecessary harm or suffering to an animal is a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in jail.
Dog owners are reminded that provincial law requires all dogs to be either penned or tethered while outside.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact their local RCMP detachment or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.