Dog accidentally shot in Racine drive-by shooting

CREATED May 26, 2014

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RACINE - It was a terrifying Memorial Day for a family in Racine.

"They were walking down the street and had just turned the corner when shots rang out," describes Shakyra Ellis.
Shakyra is referring to her teenage son and four-month-old pit bull puppy, Buddy. They were caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting near Prospect and Lasalle Streets. It happened around 1 p.m. Monday.
"He heard shots, and saw the dog fall down," she describes. "But, he didn't even know where those shots were coming from. It happened so fast."
She's just thankful the outcome wasn't worse. "My son could have easily been shot too. He was so close."
Her son ran home with Buddy in his arms. "There was blood on the front of his clothes, and he just kind of held Buddy and brought him to me."
Shakyra called her veterinarian in a panic. "I was screaming, 'My dog's just been shot!' The secretary told me to calm down. I was so scared."
The vet says Buddy is lucky to be alive. He was shot in the hind leg, but the bullet didn't hit any major nerves or arteries. He's on heavy antibiotics and pain medicine, and is expected to make a full recovery.  The cast on his little leg reads "bad to the bone."
"I'm so happy he's okay," Shakyra says. "He's going to get a lot of tender loving care."
Word quickly spread on Facebook, about Buddy being shot. People were horrified, and within an hour of him being rushed to the hospital, his medical bill was completely paid for by community donations. Shakyra is so grateful for that outpouring of support, and hopes whoever is responsible for the shooting gets caught. The Racine Police Department is investigating.