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Originally posted Nov 23, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities in the Twin Cities are asking the public for help in identifying those of interest in an animal cruelty case.

The Bloomington Police Department said in an update Wednesday that a dog was found in the town with “obvious injuries” to his face and body. The injured dog is “recovering” and “comfortable” after receiving treatment at a local veterinary clinic.

Police said the investigation determined that two people left the dog near a road in the 106th Street and Morgan Avenue area. Police said they shot the dog with a BB gun and backed up at the animal as it left the area.

“There is evidence that something happened inside the vehicle,” Detective Bill King said. “We found more BBs. There was blood all over the interior of the vehicle.

Investigators have released surveillance footage of people of interest in the case. One image shows a woman at a gas station. She wears gray sneakers, gray sweatpants and a black jacket. She has bright orange / red hair.

Another image shows her with a man. The man is wearing a white jacket, black pants, a dark hat and glasses.

Police say the vehicle used in the animal cruelty incident was stolen and recovered in St. Paul.

The dog’s veterinary care included eye removal surgery and procedures to remove BB lozenges from his right leg and other areas of the body. One of the vets who helped take care of the dog says three more pellets are still inside.

This woman is feeding the dog right now during recovery. She is considering adopting him.

The dog surrendered to the Bloomington Police Department on Wednesday. She is believed to be a Rottweiler-Shepherd mix of about a year old.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call investigators at 952-563-4689.

“It’s not just anything minor,” said Detective Bloomington George Harms, who is helping investigate the case. “It’s pretty serious. Surprisingly, the dog was able to survive.

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