Buxton Police are asking for the public's help identifying the individual(s) who shot and wounded two pit bulls.

At around 2 p.m. Thursday, Joanne Lamontagne called police to report that her dogs had been shot. She led the responding officers inside the house to where one of the pit bulls was lying with obvious injuries to the front of its body. Police say the dog was bleeding a lot and appeared to have been shot multiple times. Officer Camire transported the dog to the Animal Emergency Clinic on Warren Avenue for treatment and police say the wounds did not appear to be life-threatening. Joanne and her husband told authorities that their other pit bull had also been shot but had taken off running before they could catch it.

This morning, just before 8:30, Buxton Police were called to Frugal Farmers on the Rankin Road to a report of a pit bull in the parking lot that wouldn't let anyone near it. Officer Hunter Smith and Animal Control Officer Adele Jones were able to identify it as the Lamontagne's second dog. Once they got close to the dog, they were able to confirm that the animal had also been shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries to its hind quarters and tail.

Police continue to investigate this incident, and are asking for the public's help with any information that will help them find the person or persons responsible for shooting the dogs. Anyone who believes they have information that can help is encouraged to call 929-5151 or 929-6612.

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