A local veterinary clinic is treating a pit bull puppy police say was shot multiple times.

The 7-month-old puppy suffered from multiple gunshot wounds that shattered its front legs. A single bullet also went through his chest and out his side, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Anita Shell.

Found by a good Samaritan near the corner of Jewel Lake Road and International Airport Road Saturday morning, the puppy was taken to a nearby veterinarian for treatment. An officer was dispatched to the clinic to learn more, and found a “happy, cheerful puppy despite being in such obvious pain,” Shell reported.

No microchip or collar was found on the dog, but Shell said any animal suffering from such treatment would not be able to get very far from where it happened.

“It’s very disturbing to me, all these recent pet attacks,” Shell said. “It’s very sad.”

Two other Anchorage dogs died recently as a result of intentional maltreatment, authorities say. On Oct. 10, a pit bull was discovered hanging in the woods near the University of Alaska Anchorage. On Thursday, an Alaska Search and Rescue Dog died after eating chicken mixed with antifreeze. Neither of the dogs’ owners are considered the responsible party in those cases.

The puppy will be put up for adoption once it recovers, Shell said.

Police ask anyone with information regarding the shooting to call Anchorage police at 786-8900 or Crimestoppers at 561-STOP (561-7867).

–This is a developing story. 

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