New Haven police are looking for a man who shot a pit bull in Edgewood Park on Sunday.
A witness saw a man walking his dog on the access road in Edgewood Park around 8:30 a.m. The witness told police that the dog seemed to trust his handler.
The dog's handler used the leash to restrain the dog tightly to a concrete railing, according to the 42-year-old witness from New Haven. There was no slack in the leash and the dog had no ability to move.
The witness told police the dog's handler then pointed a gun at the dog and shot him in the face.
Police said the dog, who has been temporarily named B, miraculously survived and was taken to the Pet Shield Veterinary Hospital in North Branford.
"He loves us. He hasn't given us any problems at all," said New Haven animal control officer Stephani Johnson. "He wants to play, but he doesn't realize he has to take it easy right now."
The bullet went in through B's nose and missed his brain by one centimeter. It's still lodged in his lower jaw, but police told Eyewitness News that he will recover.
The witness followed the suspect in his car as he walked toward the Kensington Street area where he lost sight of him. The witness did not have a phone and hoped to see a police officer as he drove.
"We want to bring justice to this defenseless animal and we should also be reminded that there's someone out there with a gun," said David Hartman of the New Haven Police Department.
According to the witness, the suspect is described as a dark-complexioned black man in his early 30s. He stands between 5'9" and 5'11"and is of average weight. His hair is styled in very short dreadlocks and he has no facial hair.
He wore a black Champion coat with a black letter "C" on the left breast. He also wore a deep red or maroon baseball cap with a light colored, possibly white or yellow, emblem on the front and wore blue jeans and sneakers.
If police catch this man, he will be charged with animal cruelty, reckless endangerment and weapons charges.
As for B, he'll be ready for adoption in about two weeks.
If you have any information about the dog's owner or recognize the dog please contact New Haven police at 203-946-6316.
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