Macey, a 4-year-old black Labrador retriever, is a recent victim of a hunting-related shooting.
On April 5, after straying from her electric fence, Macey returned to her North Hall County lakeside home with a gunshot wound.
“At first we weren’t sure what had happened. We thought something may have bitten her,” owner Holly Redeker said.
Macey, 120 pounds, wasn’t jumping up on the bed at night like usual, but she wasn’t limping either, said Redeker and her husband, Andrew. But they decided to take her to the vet two days after the incident.
Macey had buckshot removed from her hip area. The shot that was fired released six smaller pellets into the dog’s side, leaving six marks and one shell lodged in her skin.
“She’s still really sore, but she did not need any major surgery, thank God,” Holly Redeker said. “It is frightening that someone was shooting ( a gun) so close to where our children and animals are.”
The Redekers live in a gated community with neighbors who also have animals, and they are not sure who the shooter may be.
However, they said there are hunters in the rural area, and they often hear gunshots.
“The state doesn’t have any regulations on how far you have to be from a property line or structure,” said Sgt. Greg Colson from the Department of Natural Resources. “You just have to have permission to hunt on the property.”
Although no shooter was identified, if one is caught the DNR has the authority to issue a citation that would result in a fine. State law also mandates that any person who commits cruelty to animals intentionally and maliciously is subject to up to 12 months in prison and/or a $5,000 dollar fine.
“Many of us consider our pets to be a part of the family; therefore, pointing a gun at someone’s pet could bring about a devastating end if that gun were to go off (even accidentally),” said Chad Mann with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.