HINGHAM (CBS) – A dog was shot and killed by a pellet gun in a backyard in Hingham on Thursday.

Police say the owner, Joe Griffin had brought the 7-year-old Australian Cattle and German Shepard mix to his parent’s home on Chamberlain Run.

He told officers he let the 65-pound dog named Stanley out to run around in the yard. An hour later, he found the dog dead in the backyard with some type of puncture wound.

“It was a shock really. I couldn’t believe it,” Griffin said. “Who and why: those are answers we’ve got to figure out.”

pellet1 Dog Shot And Killed By Pellet Gun In Hingham Backyard

This pellet was taken from the dog. (Hingham PD)

The dog had collapsed just a few feet from the back deck.

A necropsy confirmed that the dog died from a shot by a pellet gun.

Griffin told police that in the past, he had let the dog out in the yard a number of times and never had any issues with neighbors.

WBZ-TV’s Ken Macleod reports

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jim Smith reports

Hingham Police Sgt. Steven Dearth said the shot came from close range and they believe the shooting was intentional.

“This dog did have a collar and it did have tags,” Sgt. Dearth told WBZ-TV.

If found, the shooter is found, that person would face felony charge of animal cruelty.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Comments (14)
  1. felix says:

    the persons or people involve in this cruel killing should be held responsible i know that anyone touched my DOGGIES i would go ape !! were the state agency that protect animal s are they involved shame on you killer!!!!

  2. al4624 says:

    OMG!!! what kind of a sick person would do something like this….hope they catch the bastard…so sorry for the loss of your poor dog…

  3. B's Fan says:

    Seriously what is wrong with people!!!

  4. swim69 says:

    This story is so sad…. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?? It’s obviously someone who lives in that area, which I’m sure is a very nice area – they’ll catch them quickly. This didn’t have to happen. I’m very sorry for the owner’s loss – how sad.

  5. Raggs says:

    Absolutely pathetic! How very sad for the dog & his loving owner to have found him like that. I so hope the dog didn’t suffer, but died quickly. Obviously a sweet dog to have let someone just come in the area & not even bark at them. Unfortunately, it could have cost his life. Damned if you do or don’t. If you have a dog that will bark & protect you or the property, people get all undone. If you have a sweetheart, it could cost you everything & the poor dogs life. Hope they catch & throw the book at the bastard.

  6. Vera Carroll says:

    F-ing POS that intentionally killed this poor dog. I would love just five minutes with this loser because that would be the last five minutes of his/her life.

  7. Stormer says:

    A very sad story. This sorry piece of S$@t needs to be relived of his breathing ability.

  8. turk182 says:

    could have been kid(s) being cruel as well as it could a neighbor. Awful.

    1. ian says:

      its was kids more then likely maybe someone was angry of the saw noise and took it out on the dog. Either way its horrible my dogs like a family member, if that happen to me I would knocked on every door

      1. swim69 says:

        I agree with you Ian; it was either kids or a really ignorant person with no regard for life and for other’s feelings. I hope they catch them… I really, really do because I want to know what their pathetic excuse for WHY they would do that would be.

  9. Joe Dutra says:

    Was it an incessant barker?

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