Dog found shot in the face in SW Miami-Dade, neighbors blame shooter’s actions as he recovers

Southwest Miami-Dade, Florida. (WSVN) – A dog is recovering and being helped by volunteers after being shot in the face by a man in southwest Miami-Dade, leaving residents in the area horrified by the brutal and violent act.

The canine is receiving the care he desperately needs at an animal hospital.

Speaking to 7News on Thursday, Fahiym Elison and Gloria Rosario said they wanted to know who was responsible as the quadruped patient sought accommodation.

“It’s really painful to see a dog being shot and hopeless,” Elison said.

Heartbreaking pictures show the animal struggling to recover after being shot.

Rosario said she and Elison met a neighbor’s stray dog, nicknamed Chico, near Southwest 128th Avenue.

“He was never violent; he never attacked anyone,” Rosario said. “All he was looking for was comfort and someone to feed him.”

Last week, Ellison said he heard a gunshot.

“I went outside and there was the dog, it was shot, it was running around. We just heard people screaming that someone had shot the dog,” he said.

The dog was shot under the eye.

X-rays show the bullet traveling down into the animal’s chest.

After days of agonizingly fleeing people, the dog was picked up and taken to an animal hospital, where it acquired a new nickname: Brut

While Brut was being treated at the animal clinic, Cindy Mucciaccio of iHeart Animal Rescue was stepping up to help.

“We just have to do a CAT scan to see where exactly it is and if there was any damage during the descent, the heat of the bullet,” she said.

But Mucciaccio said the bills are adding up.

“He’s stable now. They had to give him oxygen yesterday because he did have pneumonia,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ellison and Rosario said they hope to catch the shooter.

Ellison was blunt on the subject and didn’t beat around the bush.

“You are a coward, you should turn yourself in, you should pay for what you did,” he said.

“He’s an animal, he’s a coward, he’s an animal, he’s not human,” Rosario said. “You don’t do that — if you can shoot a dog, you can shoot a child. That’s how I feel.”

Neighbors said they also wanted to see the stray dog ​​healed and returned to a loving home.

“If you guys can donate anything, please donate,” Ellison said.

For more information on how to help Brut with iHeart Animal Rescue, click here.

If you have any information on anyone who may have shot Brut, please contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for rewards of up to $5,000.

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