Leads developed in case of dog shot in the face

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department asks for patience from public
Kevin Pasosn

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department is reporting some progress in its quest to find the person or person responsible for allegedly shooting a dog in the face and leaving on the side of the road.

“We understand there is a great deal of frustration and anger about this case, but we can assure everyone that our office is working on this case,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s department. “There were no witnesses to this, which makes it a difficult case in its entirety. Fortunately, we have received some information from neighbors, as well as information called into the sheriff’s office. The deputy who is investigating this matter has developed leads that we hope will further the investigation and find out who is responsible for this horrific incident.”

Atley, as the dog has become known, was found Feb. 9 near Olson Road and County Road C in the Town of Green Valley. A local resident who found the dog took it to the Shawano County Humane Society.

The female coon hound is estimated to be about 2 years old. She had surgery on her broken jaw Feb. 13 at Blue Pearl Animal Hospital in Appleton. Atley was placed in a foster home to complete her recovery but was returned to the hospital after her health declined.

She is now back with her foster family.

The sheriff’s office statement indicated officials have yet to release information regarding the case because of its ongoing nature.

“At this time, due to this investigation being active, we are not releasing any further information or possible names involved as we do not want to jeopardize this investigation,” according to the statement.

Several residents have joined together to raise reward money to bring the suspect or suspects to justice.

Sheriff’s department officials also gave kudos to the humane society for their efforts in treating the dog.

“We would also like to wish Atley the best during her recovery,” according to the statement. “We will do our best for Atley to try and solve this case.”

For updates on Atley, follow the Shawano County Humane Society’s Facebook page.

Anyone with information regarding this case can call the dispatch center at 715-526-3111.