Hingham police are investigating the death of a dog that was shot and killed by a pellet gun in a backyard yesterday.
According to police, the dog’s owner called police at 2:24 p.m. on Thursday to report finding his dog dead in the backyard of his parents' home.
The dog’s owner had been working on the home on Chamberlain Run, and let the dog out to run around the yard.
Within an hour, he found the 7-year-old Australian Cattle and German Shepherd-mix dog with some type of puncture wound.
The owner said he typically lets the dog run when he is visiting his parents’ home, and has not had issues with other animals or neighbors.
The dog was wearing a collar and tags at the time of its death, and was taken to South Shore VCA in Weymouth by the Hingham Animal Control officer for X-rays. The X-ray showed a projectile inside the dog. During a necropsy today at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, doctors found a pellet had been shot into the side of the dog.
Police are investigating the case and are encouraging anyone with information to call Hingham police at 781-749-1212. Locals can also leave an anonymous tip on the Drop-a-Dime link on the Police’s website.