A 3-year-old Labrador retriever mix is slowly recovering on Monday after he was allegedly shot by his drunk owner in Riverside.
Officers responded to the 4600 block of Gardena Drive, a few blocks west of Riverside Plaza, around 3 a.m. Sunday to a call for gunfire, according to John Welsh, public information officer for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
The large dog, named Spartacus, was found lying on its side, unresponsive, with a gunshot wound to its right shoulder, Walsh said.
Spartacus was rushed to the Grand Terrace Emergency Animal Clinic and then transferred to the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in the Jurupa Valley, where he received an IV drip and pain medication, according to Walsh.
“I was told that two men living in the house had been under the influence of alcohol and had started shooting a gun in the backyard,” reported Sean Fazio, animal services officer. of Riverside County. “At one point, the owner apparently shot his dog.”
According to Walsh, two men in the front yard of the house were arrested and another dog was found in the garage of the house and taken to the Jurupa Valley shelter.
It’s too early to tell if Spartacus will survive his injuries, but he’s stabilizing and “showing small positive signs of recovery,” Walsh said.
It was not immediately clear if the dog’s owner intended to shoot Spartacus or if it was an alcohol-related accident, according to Fazio.