Wausau police say a puppy was shot multiple times with a pellet gun and was so badly injured it had to be euthanized.
The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon while the six-month-old dog was in the yard outside of its family’s home. The dog’s owner was not home at the time of the shooting.
The family believes the dog was targeted because it had been barking.
Anyone with information about the shooting is being urged to contact Wausau police.