Police continue search for whoever shot mastiff

Posted Feb. 26, 2009, at 9:52 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Police are continuing to investigate the shooting and abandonment of a bull mastiff dog in Mayfield Township last week.

Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Carl Gottardi said there are few new leads and he continues to seek assistance from the public.

A group of loggers found the dog after it wandered out of the woods, bleeding badly from the head and neck area.

The workers summoned police, and Somerset County Deputy Michael Ross used his lunch — a ham sandwich — to lure the dog into the cruiser.

Since then, the dog has undergone surgery at Foxcroft Veterinary Services in Dover Foxcroft. It was discovered that the dog had been shot three to four times in the neck and head. Several of the shots went completely through the animal, Gottardi said, but one slug was recovered.

Gottardi said that since the dog’s plight was reported in the Bangor Daily News, a number of people have come forward with offers of rewards for the conviction of whoever shot the dog and with offers to adopt the animal.

Once the dog is released by the Somerset County district attorney, a caretaker at the veterinary hospital is planning to adopt him, Gottardi said.

The dog, a 4-year-old male, is expected to make a full recovery.

The dog wandered into a logging yard about one mile in from Routes 16 and 151 in Mayfield Township, Gottardi said. “There were no houses for miles,” he said. “A vehicle was seen leaving the area that may or may not be involved. It was described as a black or dark-colored Jeep with a white top.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Gottardi at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office toll-free at 800-452-1933, or the anonymous tip line at 207-474-0230.

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