Police: Dog shot, injured in Warren

Police in Warren are asking for the public's help after they said someone shot a dog, Gemma, on May 6.

The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals is offering a reward in connection with the shooting of a dog in Warren.

Police said a resident reported his 16-month-old shepherd mix, Gemma, had been shot and injured somewhere in the area of 20 Barton St. on May 6.

The dog is OK and expected to recover.

"The dog returned home and the owner observed and obvious injury and brought it to his veterinarian to be checked," said Lt. Roland Brule of the Warren Police Department.

Dr. E.J. Finocchio of the RISPCA said from the photos he saw, the dog is lucky to be alive.

"The way the bullet penetrated the skull, the dog is very lucky. It was entrance and exit. The bullet didn't affect any vital organs or the brain, so the dog is very, very lucky," he said.

The SPCA said it is now offering a $750 reward and accepting donations to go toward the reward.

"To any person that provides us with information leading to arrest and conviction of individual or individuals who committed this cowardly act on an innocent dog," Finocchio said.

Police are investigating whether the shooting was an intentional case of animal cruelty or if there's some other explanation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Warren police at 401-245-1311.

"Any little piece of information may be a smaller part of a bigger puzzle," Brule said.