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Deaf dog wounded – twice – in Cornelius family’s backyard

By Amanda Foster

Parker now has several injuries.
Parker now has several injuries.

Jessica Grigg of Cornelius is rattled after she believes someone shot her dog in her own backyard.

“We don’t know if this is exactly where it happened,” she said, pointing to a break in the fence. “But we had found the (gun) pellets right outside of this spot.”

Her dog Parker, who is deaf, has several injuries. Grigg said her vet confirmed they were likely caused by an airsoft or BB gun.

But Grigg didn’t naturally jump to that conclusion.

She explained that it happened twice – the first time on Thursday. Then, it happened again on Sunday.

“We were just very confused, ” she said.

That is when she took the animal to get checked out and really saw the wounds.

“We didn’t even realize the extent until we took her to the vet and they shaved around the area,” Grigg said.

It could have been easy to sneak up on Parker, even in her own yard, she said.

Now, Grigg is working to keep the pets, and the neighborhood, safe.

“You just never know when this thing could happen,” she said. “And we don’t want it to escalate to anything more severe to…a person even.”

Grigg said she has been in contact with Animal Control and Cornelius Police. She does not want to make assumptions about who did this, but says she just wants someone to come forward with information.