Who shot the sheriff?

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  • This beagle, nicknamed "Sheriff," has recovered from the gunshot wound.



WARWICK — Remember the song, "I shot the sheriff?"

Last April the Warwick Valley Humane Society received a few calls about two loose beagles in the Black Dirt area of Goshen on Pulaski Highway.

The callers were referred to the Goshen Police and the town's dog control officer.

However, they were unable to catch them and the two dogs, one male and one female, continued to run loose for several days.

Finally, on April 16, local onion farmers saw the beagles, one of whom was injured, and managed to catch both dogs and rush them to the Warwick Valley Humane Society's animal shelter.

It was obvious by the injury that the male beagle had been shot. There was an open bullet wound above his left hip.

"We took him immediately to Hamptonburgh Animal Hospital where he spent several days with a life threatening infection," said Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society. "They weren't sure he was going to make it. But with IV antibiotics and great hospital care he pulled through and was sent back to us to fully recuperate. His recovery was slow but he made it. And, of course, we named him 'Sheriff,' after the song."

The veterinarian believed Sheriff was shot in the rectum and that the bullet had passed through just above his hip. It also might have nicked his colon causing the infection. In addition he had a severe upper respiratory infection and weighed only 17.5 pounds upon intake.

Shelter staff named the female beagle "Sal," short for Sally.

She was not injured but terrified. Sal also had an inguinal hernia, which required surgery. And both dogs had to be neutered.

Sheriff made a full recovery, although his hunting days are probably over as he may now fear gunshots for obvious reasons.

Both he and Sal have since been adopted but the shelter has a new crop of four more beagles, all hoping for new homes.

The expenses incurred for the medical treatments for Sheriff and Sal were considerable and the shelter's critical care fund is low.

Donations are welcome. To make a donation mail a check to:

Warwick Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 61, Warwick, NY 10990; or by

PayPal, visit: wvhumane.org.

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