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Toledo police have issued warrants for a 25-year-old Toledo man who they believe shot a stray German shepherd this week.
Marcus L. Crawford of 841 Lucas St. faces one count each of cruelty to animals, discharging a firearm, having a weapon under disability, and carrying a concealed weapon. He is not yet in police custody.
The black-and-tan female dog, estimated at 1 to 2 years old and now called June, was seen resting on a porch in the 900 block of Clark Street before she was shot in the right shoulder just before noon Monday. The bullet struck her humerus bone and ricocheted down to the radius, shattering that bone too.
June was cared for at the Lucas County Canine Care & Control during a required three-day stray hold to see if anyone would claim ownership of her. She is slated to have surgery today at West Toledo Animal Hospital to amputate her damaged leg, after which she will be transferred to the care of Planned Pethood for her recovery and future adoption.
Cutie’s Fund, created to help dogs at the county shelter with high-cost medical needs, is paying for the dog's emergency care and surgery. Created in November, 2012, Cutie’s Fund has raised more than $71,000 and helped more than 80 dogs with a wide variety of problems such as broken bones, embedded collars, heartworm, hip dysplasia, severe wounds, difficult births, emaciation, and extreme illness.
Donations to Cutie’s Fund are tax-deductible and may be made in person or mailed to Lucas County Canine Care & Control, 410 S. Erie St., Toledo, 43604, or online at lucascountydogs.com/donate/cuties-fund. Checks should be made payable to Lucas County Canine Care & Control with “Cutie’s Fund” specified on the memo line.