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Puppy Shot in Head; Warren Police Looking for Shooter

An official called the incident a "cowardly act on an innocent dog."

Puppy Shot in Head; Warren Police Looking for Shooter
By Mark Schieldrop

Authorities said a puppy in Warren miraculously survived a gunshot to the head.

Police are now trying to find the shooter.

Authorities said the 16-month-old German Shepherd mix was shot near Barton Avenue May 6. Its owner rushed it to the veterinarian after discovering the gunshot wound.

"The way the bullet penetrated the skull, the dog is very lucky," Dr. E.J. Finocchio of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals  told NBC 10. "The bullet didn't affect any vital organs or the brain, so the dog is very, very lucky."

Finocchio said the incident was a "cowardly act on an innocent dog."

Police did not say what type of gun was used.

The animal society is offering a $750 reward for information that leads to an arrest. It's also taking donations for the reward fund.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Warren police at 401-245-1311.

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