We are appealing for information after a Jack Russell was shot by an air rifle while out on her morning walk.

Jack Russel Millie with head cone © RSPCAPaul Whiston, of Harlow, Essex walked his nine-year-old dog Millie to the end of their cul-de-sac on Saturday, 1 June when she was callously shot.

The damage was so serious that she lost a kidney and is continuing to suffer serious health problems.

Paul said:

“One minute she was happily sniffing in a bush and the next she was screeching and covered in blood.


“I had just turned away for a second when I heard a whooshing sound, which I knew to be an air rifle. I didn’t see anyone nearby, so someone must have been taking secret pot shots from somewhere, which is scary to think about.


“Millie was so startled she bolted down the road, and it was lucky that I managed to catch her in time.


“She is a really gentle girl – incredibly lovable and it has been horrible for me and my wife to see her in so much pain.”

Millie was taken to the vet for emergency treatment where it was found the air gun pellet had gone through one of her kidneys. The kidney was so damaged it had to be removed. It is hoped she will make a full recovery but is still very early days as her abdomen is very bruised and she is having to cope with only one kidney.

A deliberate attack on a defenceless animal

RSPCA Inspector Stephen Reeves said:

“It was quite horrific what happened to this poor dog – losing her kidney so needlessly.


“It was senseless and a deliberate act of cruelty upon a defenceless animal and we urge anyone with any information to come forward, and all pet owners in the area to be vigilant when walking their animals.


Poor Millie suffered and continues to suffer a great deal of pain as a result. It is simply beyond my understanding how anyone could have used her as target practise in this way.”

Millie is brown and white and was shot at around 10 am on Saturday, 1 June. Anyone with any information is urged to call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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