BURLINGAME -- A Chihuahua dog found shot and paralyzed earlier this month in Menlo Park has led humane society officials to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of the shooter.

The 6-pound brown dog was found critically wounded Aug. 1 in the 1300 block of Henderson Avenue in East Menlo Park, Peninsula Humane Society spokesman Scott Delucchi said. The tiny dog, which had no identification and was never claimed, could not walk and was in a significant amount of pain when residents discovered it in front of their home.

The dog was rushed to a humane society veterinarian, who determined the 4- to 5-year-old dog had been paralyzed, Delucchi said, by a bullet that went straight through its body.

A series of X-rays indicated the dog had a severed spine and would never again be able to use its hips or back legs, have control of his bowels or urination, or have any sensation beyond its lumbar vertebrae. The staff treated the dog with pain medication, and it was euthanized the same day.

Officials at the PHS and SPCA have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter, who faces felony animal cruelty charges if convicted. The incident occurred either on or shortly before Aug. 1.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspect may contact PHS/SPCA Lead Humane Investigator Christina Hanley at 650-340-7022, ext. 384. The investigation is ongoing.


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