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Dog shot in St. Joseph County recovering with SPCA

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A dog found shot in St. Joseph County is now recovering, and the rescue group caring for him would like to know how it happened.

The pitbull mix was found shot near Mendon last week.

The SPCA of Southwest Michigan is now caring for him.

The dog is doing better now, but the dog, Solstice, was found limping around, shot in the hip, and the bullet went through one side of him and out the other.

Solstice is now curious and full of energy--a big change from how he was just a few days ago.

The 1-year-old pitbull mix was spotted along Summit Road, near Mendon, shot and bleeding.

The SPCA was called in to help.

"It's a terrible thing to see, but Solstice is a great dog, and we're going to provide him a forever home, so that's exciting," said Katie Timber, with the Southwest Michigan SPCA.

It's still not clear if Solstice has an owner, and the SPCA is hoping someone comes forward.

At this time, Animal Control in St. Joseph County has no information on who may have shot the dog.

Timber says that especially in rural areas, it can be a problem when property owners feel they can shoot dogs on their land.

"We would encourage the public if you have a stray dog, call animal control, the sheriff's department, instead of taking it into their own hands,"

And you never know if, like Solstice, that dog could be perfect for someone's pet.

"He's a great dog, healthy, he has to be fixed, but he's a good, healthy, happy boy," Timber said.

If no owner comes forward, Solstice will be put up for adoption.

Michigan law says it is a felony punishable by a prison term of up to four years for knowingly killing, torturing, or poisoning an animal.

A White Pigeon man was charged with St. Joseph County last year with animal killing and torturing when he was accused of shooting a pitbull he said he saw chasing deer.