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Animal caretakers seek justice for Anderson Co. dog shot, blinded

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Amara, shot in the head and blinded, recovers in NC (Source: Boxer Butts and Other Mutts Facebook Page) Amara, shot in the head and blinded, recovers in NC (Source: Boxer Butts and Other Mutts Facebook Page)
ARDEN, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A dog shot in the head and blinded in Anderson County is working towards recovery in western North Carolina. 

Amara, a 2-year-old boxer, was found wandering in Townville a few days ago.

PAWS Animal Shelter in Anderson County enlisted the help of Heidi Wagner, founder of Boxer Butts and Other Mutts organization in Arden, NC. Her goal is to try and give Amara a new life. 

Wagner said Amara's condition must have been worsening for some time. She was already starving when she was shot nearly to death, losing her sight. 

Recently, the FBI made it a felony to abuse an animal, but Wagner said laws will not change culture until humans start speaking out for animals like Amara. 

"It's one of the worst cases," said Wagner. "Knowing what this dog has been through, you probably could have knocked me over with a feather in the emergency room when they told me she had been shot in the head."

Wagner said Amara has a long road to recovery and they are working to find her a good foster home. 

Wagner's organization was offering a $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest but the Anderson County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that there will be no criminal charges in the case and that the dog survived a failed euthanasia attempt. 

A deputy assigned to the Animal Control Unit responded to Mystic Cove Lane after a canine was reported running at large. 

The responding deputy found a dog exhibiting aggressive behavior with sores on its face that was underweight and thought to be blind. 

Acting on a tip, deputies were able to identify and locate Amara's owner. 

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office said in a statement:

Through several days of investigation, the officer determined that the owner became concerned after the dog exhibited several instances of aggressive behavior towards visitors and family.  After failed attempts to give the dog away and the dog biting his wife, the decision was made to euthanize the dog. 

The owner provided a statement that the dog was taken to a location where the attempted euthanasia took place.  The owner stated that after checking for a heartbeat and not finding one, the owner believed the dog had been successfully euthanized until seeing the case in the local media.

The facts of the case were presented to a magistrate who determined that no criminal charges in reference to the attempted euthanasia would be issued.

Deputies are also investigating two other incidents where dogs have been found with gunshot wounds in recent weeks. No arrests have been made in those cases.

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