Police gather surveillance footage, investigate who shot family's dog on Montco trail

Jim Melwert
November 26, 2018 - 4:01 pm
Atlas, a husky-Rottweiler mix, survived being shot early Sunday morning, but authorities are investigating who would do such a thing.

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WORCESTER, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Police in Montgomery County are investigating an incident in which a dog was shot early Sunday morning on a walking trail near several homes in Worcester Township. 

The husky-Rottweiler mix survived, but its owners wonder who would do such a thing.

Andy McIlhenny said his 1-and-a-half-year-old dog Atlas snuck out the door as his son, a volunteer firefighter, was responding to a call.

When they found Atlas around 1:30 in the morning on Hollow Road near Fawn Road, they thought it had been hit by a car.

"There was so much blood, it covered his whole side and his underside," said McIlhenny. "Looked like bruising, so we sort of assumed that, you know, he was hit by a car."

They took Atlas to an emergency vet. After it survived surgery, the vet told them the dog had been shot. 

Police are now scanning home surveillance videos for evidence. In a video courtesy of a neighbor's surveillance system, a dog can be heard "screaming."

"You hear the shot, you see either a laser or a red scope come on, and then you hear Atlas screaming," added McIlhenny.

He said they believe it happened right by several homes, and not only is he concerned someone would shoot a dog at 1:20 in the morning with no apparent provocation, but he also noted how others he loves frequent the path.

Atlas, a husky-Rottweiler mix, survived being shot early Sunday morning, but authorities are investigating who would do such a thing.
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"My daughter had walked down that path a few minutes earlier," he said. "I was directly across the street."

He added that Atlas is a kind dog who rarely barks, and it has its tags and license.

The vet bill was about $1,700, which the family says is money well spent.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police in Skippack.