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Woman’s English mastiff puppy shot dozens of times with BBs and pellets

SEYMOUR, Ind. -- An Indiana woman is trying to find out who left her puppy's skin riddled with holes from BB's and pellets -- with one of the tiny projectiles even lodged underneath the dog's eyelid.

Hayden Howard said her 100-pound English mastiff pup, named Jackson, was in her fenced-in backyard when the attack happened sometime over the weekend.

She told WXIN that Jackson, who is less than 1 year old, seemed to be acting like nothing was wrong Saturday. But then Hayden noticed something strange on Jackson’s body.

“He had some marks on him and we thought they were bug bites and stuff,” Howard said. “Well then Saturday night, I started noticing holes on him.”

A vet removed 20 BB's and seven pellets from Jackson, a 100-pound English mastiff pup. The animal cruelty case is still under investigation. (Courtesy WXIN)

When Hayden took Jackson to the vet on Monday, she was astonished to learn that Jackson’s body was covered with wounds from BB's and pellets.

“They were just kind of looking at all the little holes and stuff and the more they shaved him, they just kept finding more and more,” she said. “I was in shock, I didn’t even know what to think.”

Howard said she eventually had to go into the waiting room as the vet removed 20 BB's and seven pellets from Jackson’s skin.

“There was one under his eyelid, there was one in his ear, one in his knee, they were all over, underneath of him,” she said. “They came out there and he handed me this little cup and showed me all these little BB's and I just didn’t know what to say or what to do."

As if the shock of learning Jackson had been shot 27 times with BB's and pellets wasn’t enough, Hayden said a Seymour police officer told her there were probably twice that many projectiles fired at her dog.

A vet removed 20 BB's and seven pellets from Jackson, a 100-pound English mastiff pup. The animal cruelty case is still under investigation. (Courtesy WXIN)

“Twenty-some pulled out of him, 20-some that were probably still in him, and then 20-some that probably hit him and bounced off,” she said. “So he said there were probably over 60-some that actually were shot at him.”

Seymour police investigating at Howard's home said they found evidence indicating the direction the BB's and pellets were fired from.

Investigators found several BB's lodged in a tree on the property. They followed the angle and direction of fire to the house next door to Howard’s.

Police obtained a warrant and found evidence Wednesday morning that they say could be connected to the case. Police declined to reveal what that physical evidence was.

“Additionally, officers and detectives located methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia,” said Seymour police Det. Sgt. C.J. Foster.

One man in the house next door was arrested on drug possession charges. When asked who shot the dog next door, Foster said the man refused to answer without an attorney.

No arrests have been made in connection to the animal cruelty case. But, Foster said, they’re still following evidence in the investigation.

“We’ll see if some of that evidence can possibly be sent to the Indiana State Police lab for examination, and potentially do some follow-up interviews and go from that point,” Foster said.

This photo shows Jackson before his injuries. (Courtesy WXIN)

“I don’t know what to think because my neighbors have been really good to (Jackson). Their daughter walks him,” Howard said. “I mean, they’ve been good to him so I don’t know what to think about that.”

While the case is being investigated, Howard is happy to report Jackson seems to be recovering just fine.

“He’s good,” she said. “He’s well, he’s home taking medicine and everything.”