LAYTON -- Davis County Sheriff's Office is seeking the shooter of Roxy, a 7-year-old Weimaraner dog.
Roxy is owned by Gary and Diane Marchant at 438 E. 2625 North, in the unincorporated area of Layton.
"We take these type of cases very seriously," said Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen. "These animals are a member of the family, so this is like shooting a family member."
Roxy was shot in her chest area on Oct. 20, and so far there are no leads on who did it, Poulsen said.
The Marchants, who have lived in their home for 12 years, got Roxy when she was 7 weeks old. At the same time they also got Sydney, a red short-hair Border collie.
The two dogs are almost inseparable. Roxy though likes to walk along the property lines, sniffing out what has been there, in the mornings, while Sydney likes to retrieve sticks, her owners said.
For the past 10 days, since Roxy was shot, she has stayed inside their home, mostly in her bed, and only within the past few days has she wandered outside.
On Oct. 20 Roxy was going for her normal meanderings. On his way to work at 9 a.m., Gary Marchant saw Roxy sniffing around the property lines, checking out the cars and trucks parked next door. The property next door grows sod and hay, he said. The road they live on has few houses, lots of fields and hardly any traffic.
Then at 9:45 a.m. Diane Marchant called, saying Roxy was hurt, because she was acting funny, but that she would watch her for a few hours. She thought maybe someone had shot the silver dog with a BB gun.
Then a few hours later Diane called Gary and told him Roxy, who weighs about 75 pounds, wouldn't get off of the bathroom floor.
"I knew there was something really wrong, she wouldn't move," Diane said as she fed Roxy a doggie treat on Monday. "I freaked out. She's my baby."
Gary got home around 2 p.m. When he checked on Roxy, her body was shaking and her breathing was labored.
He went to roll her over and the skin separated, squirting blood everywhere.
"She had a perfect hole in her hide," Gary said. "I scooped her up and carried her to the truck."
Gary took Roxy to their veterinarian, and an X-ray confirmed the dog had been shot with a large pellet, probably from an air-gun, not a BB.
The pellet entered Roxy's right side, went through her rib cage and is now lodged underneath the rib cage.
Roxy was bleeding internally, her left lung had collapsed and the veterinarian said he couldn't guarantee Roxy would make it, even with surgery. Gary Marchant decided to take Roxy home, treat her with prescribed pain-killers and anti-inflammatories and hope for the best.
"We can't afford to take her to the emergency veterinarian hospital," Gary said.
The bill just for the X-ray and examination was $400, he said.
Roxy is doing OK, sniffing around the driveway, but not straying too far from her owners.
The Marchants don't think any of their neighbors would shoot their dog, but would like to know who did it.
Poulsen said anyone with information about the shooting should call the sheriff's office at 801-451-4150.