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Therapy dog shot in York County

Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 05:55 AM CST
Reported by: Christina Butler

DOVER -- Someone in York County shot a dog in the middle of the night, while the dog was in its own fenced-in property.

Barney Fife is an English bulldog. He's also one of the sweetest dogs around, with accolades from Memorial White Rose Hospice to prove it. 

Barney Fife is a hospice therapy dog.

"He's just a gentle giant," says owner Bill Buckingham. "He's never hurt anyone."

Buckingham says he let Barney out around 3:30 Monday morning. He was out for a few minutes, and then came back inside. Buckingham went back to bed.

The next morning he reached down to pet Barney. Blood covered his hand. "And I knew. I knew immediately it was a bullet wound," he says.

The veterinarian says surgery to remove the bullet would be risky. So for now, all Buckingham can do is pay extra attention to Barney and keep the wound clean.

Northern York County Regional Police say they are investigating. 

Buckingham's backyard is surrounded by other homes. "I'm worried it can happen again, absolutely. And some other dog may get shot and might not survive," he said.

Despite his hurt and anger, Buckingham says he could forgive the shooter, but only if he comes forward soon.

"Tell us why you did it. Tell us you are sorry if you are sorry. But we can't forgive you unless you talk to us," he says.

If you have any information, you are asked to call police.
Therapy dog shot in York County

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