Most owners see their dogs as their children, no matter their age. And it’s true, we love them, feed them and worry about their health. But taking care of them every second is impossible and we never know what could happen to them when they’re in the yard.
If you’re a dog owner, you might have gone through tiny incidents like bug bites, a flea issue or some tiny scratches. But this poor woman had no idea what her dog was actually going through and it’s so heart-breaking!
20. Meet the Howards
Meet Jackson, an English Mastiff, the member of the Howard family. He lives in Seymour, Indiana, with his human brother Noah and his 24-year-old human mom, Hayden. He’s a great dog that loves to play in the yard with his family. But one day, on April 2017, his life just got worse.
19. Garden Bugs?
Jackson used to roam through the garden a lot. Hayden looked at her beloved furry member and saw something weird on his body. She thought that there were bug bites and watched Jackson closely. He didn’t look to be in pain, but his skin looked worse by the day! See it for yourself in the following photos. You won’t believe what’s causing them!
18. Hayden Was Suspicious
The owner let Jackson walk around in the garden, but couldn’t stop thinking at the marks she saw on his body. She remembered that Jackson had some bug bites before, the ‘perk’ of walking in the garden. But she would soon discover the horrible truth.
17. It Would Go Away
Hayden thought that the bites should go away on their own, as they usually do. But they got worse with every hour and she began worrying. What if the bug bites weren’t actually bug bites?
16. Jackson Looked Fine
The dog didn’t seem to be bothered by the marks. But Hayden wanted to take a closer look. She was soon shocked to see that the dog’s skin had raised bumps that looked a lot more gruesome than she thought. There was only one thing left to do…
15. Hayden Was Terrified and Confused
It’s heart-breaking seeing that your beloved pet is in a poor condition and you can’t do much to help. So the wise choice is to take them to the vet. Hayden couldn’t believe her eyes when the vet started shaving the dog’s fur.
What happened next surprised everyone!
14. Those Were Not Bug Bites!
Dr. Steve Sunbury at the Seymour Animal Hospital examined the marks and got very worried. Those were not bug bites, but with so much fur, it was difficult to see more. So he started shaving some patches. He discovered something horrible!
13. The Vet Was Heart-Broken
Dr. Sunbury discovered that the marks on Jackson’s body were wounds that were caused by BB projectiles and pellets. Someone shot at the dog. Hayden was shocked to hear that someone abused her dog! And you won’t believe who did it…
12. BB Guns For Target Practices
Usually, people use these types of guns for target practice. But they are very dangerous because they can rip the flesh and break bones. They are as dangerous as real guns and should be handled with care. How bad was Jackson wounded?
11. 21 BBs and 7 Pellets!
The doctor removed 21 BBs and 7 Pellets from the dog’s body and also had to put Jackson under surgery, to make sure that all the foreign bodies were out. The doctor was sure that Jackson would recover. You won’t believe who was the culprit!
Find out at #7.
10. Hayden Wanted to Find the Culprit
Hayden was both shocked and outraged knowing that someone pointed a gun towards her dog. Moreover, the dog was in her garden all the time, so she or her little boy could have been shot too! She had to call the Police.
9. Seymour Police Department
Hayden went to the Seymour Police Department and declared what happened to her dog. She showed the evidence and the officers were shocked too. They soon began an investigation. The problem was that the only witness was the dog.
8. The Witness is a Dog
How could one solve a case with a non-talking victim that was also the witness? Fortunately, the cops searched Hayden’s yard and saw more BB projectiles that got stuck into some of the trees in her garden. So, the police found out from where the BB gun was used. Hayden was fuming!
7. The Neighbor Was the Culprit
Hayden’s next-door neighbor was the one that shot at Jackson. The police got a warrant and after they searched the house, they not only found the weapon and ammunition but also drugs and items related to drugs.
6. Tim Woodward Had to Pay
Cops booked Tim Woodward on drug possession charges, but in order to be charged with animal cruelty, more evidence was required.
5. The Culprit Went to Jail
Hayden found some peace because her neighbor went to jail, but she wouldn’t stop until she’d charge him with animal cruelty, too. So, she had a strategy.
4. A $500 Reward
The family that was put through so much distress wouldn’t give up until justice was made. Hayden offered a big reward to those that would help her with enough evidence to add animal cruelty charges against Tim Woodward.
3. An Ongoing Investigation
The investigation is still open, and Hayden hopes that if there are other pet owners that have gone through the same nightmare caused by Woodward, they should come forward.
2. It’s Unbelievable
Hayden couldn’t believe that someone would do such a thing to a dog that’s kind and docile. Even after this incident, Jackson is a kind and happy dog.
1. A Full Recovery
Jackson has fully recovered and his fur started growing back. He’s safe now from the evil neighbor and Hayden hopes that they won’t have to face Tim Woodward again.