TOWN OF SPRING VALLEY
A rural Rock County family is caring for one of its dogs shot in the snout Monday.
A resident on West Stuessy Road southwest of Orfordville arrived home Monday to find the wounded dog hiding under a vehicle in the driveway, according to a Rock County Sheriff’s Office report.
Sheriff’s office photos show an open, red wound that appears to be at least the size of a quarter on the muzzle of Sadie, a 7-year-old German shorthaired pointer.
The Gazette is not publishing the photos because of their graphic nature.
Because of the size of the wound, nothing could be done other than to keep it moist, a veterinarian told the family, according to the report.
Andrea and Raymond Paffel told a sheriff’s deputy their three large dogs are allowed to run free during the day on the approximately 80-acre parcel they live on. They said the shooting must have happened between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday.
The land is surrounded by land that is leased to hunters, according to the report.
A nearby resident who leases the land told the deputy someone might have been hunting there Monday, but he didn’t know of anyone who was, and the land usually is used on weekends, according to the report.
“There is insufficient evidence to establish a crime at this time,” the deputy’s report states.
The report also notes the circumstances of the shooting are unknown.
One Facebook post by a family member about the dog’s injury had 1,800 shares by late Tuesday afternoon.
The family did not respond to requests for comment but sent a text message, signed The Paffel/Pratt Family, to Gazette partner WISC-TV Channel 3, which reads:
“We are deeply saddened by the sad and senseless violence taken against a member of our family. We are grateful to have Sadie still with us and can just pray that the person who did this comes forward and gets the help that they need so no other pets have to go through what Sadie has endured. We appreciate the outpour of well wishes and support from the surrounding communities.”