Dog found shot in San Tan Valley

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A dog is recovering after it was found shot and severely dehydrated in San Tan Valley. By Jennifer Thomas A dog is recovering after it was found shot and severely dehydrated in San Tan Valley. By Jennifer Thomas

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- Pinal County Animal Care and Control is looking for answers after a dog was found shot and severely dehydrated on Monday.

Director Kaye Dickson said her office had received several calls throughout the weekend reporting a stray dog in the southern portion of San Tan Valley.

Reports of sightings concerning the dog continued Monday morning. Officer Audra Michael was able to find the Queensland Heeler and approach it. The young female dog was unable to stand and was in a state of severe dehydration, according to Dickson. Upon further inspection, the officer observed gunshot wounds to her hindquarters.

The animal was immediately transported to a veterinarian for further examination and treatment. Dickson said the dog is resting comfortably and being treated for the injuries and dehydration.

"We had found a pink and blue collar on the dog, but no license or microchip," Dickson said in a press release. "We estimate the dog is right around one year of age and she had recently been spayed. It is important the owners of the dog contact us immediately."

If you are the owner of the animal or have information regarding the stray, call Animal Care and Control at 520-866-7615 or the Pinal County Citizen Contact Center at 520-509-3555.