Poachers may be responsible for shooting dog at Shipley Country Park

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Poachers are thought to be responsible for shooting a pet dog at Shipley Country Park.

Two-year-old German Shepherd, Ivy, was shot in the Shipley Hill area of the park, on the morning on September 11.

The dog was off its lead and looking around the park when her owner heard a ‘loud crack’.

She suffered serious injuries to her hind legs, including an open wound on one and a large graze on the other.

John Holmes, manager of Shipley Country Park, said he believed that someone had been poaching illegally.

He said: “I understand the dog is alright. It had veterinary treatment and is recovering at home. It never ceases to amaze me how many people use the park all hours of the day and night but most are legitimate users.

“This is the first time a walker’s dog has been shot since we opened in 1976 and it is very much a one off. I hope the publicity gets through to this person and stops them coming here.”

The 650 acre park is patrolled by rangers who start at 9am. The dog and her owners were said to be extremely distressed following the incident.

A woman, who does not wish to be named, posted on the Advertiser’s Facebook page: “Some cruel person decided to shoot my brother’s two-year-old German Shepard as he took her for her morning run in Shipley Park, in the woods behind the lodges. They have basically shot her knee cap off. We need to find the person who is responsible.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 39162/15.