ETNA, Maine — An Etna family wants to know who shot one of their beloved dogs, leaving it close to death.

Carin Pittman says her two English bulldogges wandered off her property on Tuesday. When they returned, a male named Beau had a gunshot wound to the side.

Pittman says a veterinarian’s evaluation showed it was a high-powered round that wounded Beau in the lungs and liver.

She tells WLBZ-TV he has only 50 percent chance of survival, and if he does survive he will have permanent problems.

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. If the dog was shot without cause, the shooter could face charges.

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