A THREE-year old boy narrowly avoided a serious injury while on a walk with his family.
Becky Thomas was out walking with her boyfriend Gary, her sister and her nephew with their pet dogs in Netherfield on Sunday at around 3.30pm.
After letting the dogs run around with the toddler in the field on Langland Road, they heard what sounded like a gun shot and a sudden yelp of pain.
They rushed over to find their dog Morris with two wounds, on her leg and in her ribs.
Becky said: “It was terrifying. We were walking just behind them when we heard what sounded like a gun going off and someone in pain.
“We ran over thinking my nephew had hurt himself, but we saw Morris limping over to us before collapsing.
“It doesn’t bear thinking about, what could have happened if it had have hit my nephew?”
Morris, who it is believed had been shot with an air gun, was taken to a vets surgery where staples were put in to close the wounds and her condition is improving.
Becky phoned the police from her mum’s house nearby. They conducted door-to-door inquiries in the street, but made no arrests.
“It’s disgusting,” Becky added.
“I just don’t know why anyone would want to do that to a dog or a person like that.
“We were told that someone had seen people hanging out of a window opposite where Morris was shot, but we called the police and let them deal with it.”
Police are continuing their investigations into the incident.