ROCK HILL, SC - As we've reported, the puppy was found bleeding heavily after being shot 18 times with a BB gun.
The incident happened on Sunday, February 21 at 1103 Springdale Rd. at the Wildwood Spring Apartments in Rock Hill. Police say both teenagers live at the apartment complex.
The puppy was transported to Ebenezer Animal Hospital where vets found 18 BB pellets in the puppy’s body.
According to hospital staff, the 6-week-old Lab mix, who they've named Brody, is doing OK and recovering.
From Dr. Hreiz:
The Rock Hill Police Department has arrested two teenagers in connection to an animal cruelty case, involving a 6-week-old puppy.
Officers have arrested a 14-year-old male and 17-year-old De'Monte Ty'Juan Douglas.
The patient was relatively stable on presentation and had some moderate pain from the number of wounds inflicted. The BB’s are just under the skin and buried into deeper structure like muscle. We initiated fluid therapy and started Brody on pain control and antibiotics.
Since then he has done remarkably well. He is eating, drinking, using the bathroom, and behaving just like a small 6 week old puppy should. The wounds have already started to heal quickly since the initial injuries.
Brody is too young to surgically remove the BB’s and may not need any surgery if they stay inert and inactive (which they usually do). For now, we will keep a close eye on him as he recovers and make sure he stays comfortable and loved! It truly is remarkable that after being shot 18 times, none of the projectiles were life threatening.
Hospital staff say Brody has found a new home and is expected to leave the facility in a few days.
The 14-year-old make was petitioned to family court by detectives, and released to a parent pending a court appearance.
Douglas was released Wednesday on a $5000 personal recognizance bond, and is charged as an adult for felony animal cruelty.