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Woman asks for witnesses to dog's shooting

Posted at 11:50 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 23:53:51-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis woman is asking for help to prove a man shot her dog for no reason – leaving the animal in critical condition.

Police responded to the shooting Monday evening on the city's northwest side.

The man, who police are not identifying, told police he ran outside after he heard his kids yelling for help. When he came outside, he says he saw the large dog, called "Wolf," was jumping on his dog and children.

He said he then shot the dog one time.

Wolf's owner, Elizabeth Fernandez, said that wasn't the case.

"I didn't notice my dog doing anything harmful to their dog or to anybody," she said.

Fernandez said when she got home from work and opened the garage, Wolf ran off. She followed him with treats, and told the man with the gun Wolf was friendly.

She says the man shot the dog anyway while she had a hold of Wolf's collar.

"My ears were ringing for a while, for a couple hours," she said. "I was just shaken up. The bullet went through his back and out the side of his body. He's just … we think he's going to make it, but we're not sure what's going to happen next."

As of Tuesday night, no charges had been filed – though police had told both parties to stay away from each other for now.

Fernandez's sister has started a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of Wolf's vet bills.

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