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Police Investigating Shooting Of Two Dogs In Estate Jealousy On Sunday

MID-ISLAND, ST. CROIX — Police said two dogs were shot on Midland Road in Estate Jealousy about 8 a.m. on Sunday.

The VIPD Animal Cruelty Unit is investigating a report that “a black older male operating a blue Dodge Ram older model truck” might have been responsible for the shooting, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“A witness was traveling East on Midland Road and heard a single shot followed by a second shot,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “The witness observed a blue truck stopped on the West bound lane and the two dogs around the truck bleeding.”

The suspect drove away and the witness transported the dogs to a veterinary clinic for medical attention, according to the VIPD.

“At the clinic, X-ray photos showed fragment lodged on the right side of the dog’s mouth and an entry wound on the left side of the face,” Dratte said.

The second dog sustained and entry wound on the right shoulder area, traveling across the chest and lodging on its left side after breaking a leg. 

Each dog was is getting needed medical attention in a clinic and are in stable condition. The animals will undergo surgery to remove projectiles and fragments of projectiles.

At the time of the incident, each dog was wearing a collar which indicates that they have an owner.

If you have any information on this incident please call the Animal Cruelty Unit at 340-778-2211, Crimestoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 or 911

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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