St. Lucie County, Fla. – In a disturbing incident, a dog was found shot and left for dead near a canal in St. Lucie County. The 1 1/2-year-old great Pyranese named Curtis was discovered by kayakers who immediately alerted authorities. Investigators are now determined to find the person responsible for this cruel act. Despite the existence of compelling evidence, no arrests have been made thus far.
However, there is a silver lining to this tragic story. Just weeks after being rescued, Curtis has found a new owner. Kathy Dole, who affectionately refers to him as her puppy, has welcomed Curtis into her home. She even allows him to sleep in her bed, demonstrating the bond that has quickly formed between them.
Curtis’s journey to recovery began when kayakers loaded him onto their kayak and called 911. Animal control officers, including Maria Valencia, had to assist in pulling Curtis into the kayak since he was unable to do so himself. Valencia explained, “He couldn’t help himself to get into the kayak. My officer had to pull him in with assistance.”
Following the rescue, Curtis was immediately taken to a veterinarian for medical attention. It was determined that he had been shot in the head and had water in his lungs. X-rays revealed bullet fragments lodged in his face. Valencia stated, “It was determined the gunshot was at least 2 days old so he may have been in the water for at least 48 hours. He’s really tired, you can hear him now.”
Disturbingly, it was discovered that Curtis’s owner had attempted to surrender him to the county just days before the incident. The owner had called multiple times, stating that Curtis had attacked another dog and even bit the owner. In one call, the owner mentioned that if Curtis was still at home when her husband returned, he would shoot the dog. Despite these alarming statements, no pickup was scheduled, and the investigation has yet to progress further.
Jacque Parrone’s H.A.L.O. No-Kill Rescue Shelter in Sebastian stepped in to provide Curtis with the necessary care for his wounds. Parrone expressed hope, stating, “So look at the silver linings. He now has an amazing mom that adores him.”
Investigators are urging anyone with information, especially if they saw Curtis between July 21 and 27, to contact Animal Safety, Services & Protection at 772-462-8120. The search for justice continues as authorities seek to hold the perpetrator accountable for this heartless act.