Dog Recovering After Being Shot In The Neck With Firearm

  • 01/09/2017

A dog is recovering after being shot in the neck with a firearm in Dublin.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Animals (DSPCA) has appealed for information following the shocking incident.

The dog, named by staff as Victoria, sustained was shot with what is believed to be a firearm and an X-Ray taken by vets shows the bullet lodged in her neck.

The female German Shepherd was brought to the DSPCA’s office after being presented to a veterinary surgery in the Dublin 15 area last Thursday.

She had wounds, one of which was very deep on her neck.  Following an x-ray, it was found that the dog had a bullet lodged in her neck, very close to her spine.

After careful examination, further x-rays and surgery at the DSPCA, the bullet was removed.

The DSPCA Veterinary Team said she was "very lucky" as the bullet it did not do any major damage and it was removed without complications.

She is said to be recovering well but is still very nervous. 

The bullet has been handed over to gardaí in Rathfarnham for forensic testing.

It is believed the bullet is not from a shot gun sometimes used by farmers, nor is it from a pellet gun or an air rifle.

Gillian Bird, a spokeswoman for the DSPCA said that the charity is appealing for anyone with information about the shooting or Victoria to come forward.

She said the circumstances of the shocking incident are still unclear.

"We are looking for any information," she told 

"We don't know if it was deliberate or an accident. We are waiting on a ballistics report which will tell us more," she added.

The search is also underway for Victoria's owner. She is micro chipped but registered to the breeder. The DSPCA is keen to reunite the injured dog with her owner.

Anyone with information can contact the DSPCA Inspectors by email at

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