BERKELEY (KCBS) – When Berkeley animal care officials sent a recently rescued pit bull puppy with clipped ears to the veterinarian, they discovered signs of extreme abuse.

X-rays revealed 38 BB gun pellets in the animal’s body, said Amelia Funghi, the community services coordinator for Berkeley Animal Care Services.

“They were able to remove nine and the remainder are going to need some pretty extensive surgery to get them out,” she said.

Berkeley city officials have started a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of those procedures.

Funghi said they are also asking for the public’s help to locate whoever shot and mutilated the dog.

This animal is the third pit bull puppy the city has rescued this year suffering from BB gun shots whose ears have been clipped.

In March, animal care officials found a pair of pit bull puppies with cropped ears. One had been shot with BB pellets three or four times.

The puppy now awaiting surgery was found in September.

Funghi said the dog is doing very well considering the circumstances, and the agency plans to adopt the animal out once she is fully rehabilitated.

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Comments (12)
  1. Danny Shaw says:

    who ever did this needs there ass kicked!

    1. Appalled says:

      I can think of a few other things I’d like done to him/her.

  2. Lee says:

    It doesn’t matter what breed of dog, none deserve to be treated like that. It’s beyond sick, it’s psycho. She’s just a puppy, for Pete’s sake.

  3. Tours Martel says:

    For some folks learning to behave like an animal would be a marked improvement.
    Sad indeed!

    1. Sundance says:

      Tours, people do not behave like animals. You can not compare cruel human behavior to that of an innocent animal. Animals do what animals do, they are far from being mean spirted and cruel.

      1. doglover says:

        I think that was the implication of Tours’ comment

  4. Gabby says:

    Poor puppy. This is is so unfair, that person is a psycho with no heart. I hope that the puppy recovers and finds a great home where he/she can be happy.

  5. Shannon says:


  6. People Suck says:

    Humans are a bunch of sick mo-fo’s. I bet they were trying to make the dog more gangsta’ and toughen it up.

  7. tn says:

    Sadly, the perps are most likely, abused children, or adults, themselves. It doesn’t make it right but it sheds some light on our communities and upbringing. I’m willing to bet this probably happened in a lower income or poverty stricken area which further lends to the probability of this cruelty. Education and family values (in the sense of mentoring) are probably lacking in this case. Just saying. Hope they find the shooter and hope the consequences will teach them something valuable.

  8. Joe says:

    This is sad, however, plenty of animals with less abuse are euthanised every day, this is a good example where euthanaisa should occur, use the funds to help find other animals homes. This dog is a pit bull with a bad rap, and extreme abuse, it is best to put the dog out of his suffering and prevent him from mauling in the future, and all of the funds donated gone to waste. Very sad, but let’s focus on finding the idiot, put 38 bbs in them, and see how they feel.

  9. Blue123 says:

    This poor puppy was shot with a Co2 Pellet gun. NOT a BB gun. Pellets are bigger and do a lot more damange. They can be fount at Wal-Mart, etc.
    It is possible to cause death if you hit a person or small animal in the right spot. The person that did this should be in jail for about 4 or 5 years. They are truely very sick.

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