NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - Police in New Haven are trying to find a man who took his dog for a walk in a park and then shot the animal in the head.
The dog miraculously survived, and police are determined to find the shooter.
Panting, ears flopped, and tail wagging, they call this happy pitbull mix "B", but Miracle might be more appropriate after what he went through Sunday.
"He was injured and depressed, and a lot of pain," said Officer Stephani Johnson, New Haven Animal Control.
A witness told police he saw "B" in Edgewood Park, Sunday morning just before 9.
"The dog was very comfortable walking through the park with the person who was handling the dog," said Officer David Hartman, New Haven Police.
The leash still hangs as a reminder, when this sunny morning walk took a dark turn.
The witness says the handler tied "B" so tight to a cement pillar he couldn't move, and then shot him in the face.
Good Samaritans stayed with the dog. The witness tracked the shooter.
"The witness followed this person to the Kensington street neighborhood, and without a cell phone had little option to retreat then," said Hartman.
Luckily, veterinarians discovered the bullet missed his brain by a centimeter, but he has a permanent reminder as it's still lodged in his jaw.
"To tie him up and restrain him in a position where he can't defend himself at all. He couldn't move and to shoot him like that. It's just a very sick person," said Johnson.
A sick person who is still roaming the streets.
"He's still walking around with a gun and he can injure more than just an animal," said Johnson.
In the next couple of weeks "B" be adopted.