Jess Buxton of Danville, Vermont, let her one-year-old Berkeley out to go to the toilet with her four other dogs before the shocking events unfolded. Moments later she sensed something was’t right when he failed to return to her door with the rest of the pack and so she began to look for him. Her agonising wait dragged on for hours before she eventually found Berkeley huddled near her home and clearly injured from the attack.
Jess told NBC5: “I saw him lying there with his head in between his paws and his eyes were half-way open.
“I wasn’t sure if he was alive.”
Jess had moved to the area in September to be closer to her mother.
Jess Buxton was left devastated by the shooting of her beloved puppy, Berkeley (Image: NBC5)
Jess said Berkeley was a 'sweet and gentle' companion (Image: NBC5)
She alleges her black-coloured Lab chanced upon her neighbour Frederick Keenan, 72, and the pensioner blasted him in the skull.
Mr Keenan has since been charged with aggravated cruelty and is due to appear before a court in December.
He has refused to comment on the charges being brought against him.
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Berkeley was just one year old when he