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Dog shot by pellet gun in Kailua

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A 10-year-old dog named Blaze is the latest victim of an unsolved string of random BB and pellet gun shootings on Oahu.

“You just don't think of someone coming around and shooting your dog," said Lee Brightwell. 

Brightwell is dog-sitting in Enchanted Lake while her friends are out of town.

Blaze is a 10-year-old blue heeler and Brightwell says the owners' tenant noticed Blaze wasn't acting herself on Sunday.

"Just laying there on her side and her whole side was just completely swollen and hard and when you touched it, she snapped at me. She's not that kind of dog at all so we knew something was wrong," said Kellie Franks

X-rays from an emergency vet visit revealed Blaze had been shot by a pellet gun and it had gotten infected.

No one knows when it happened, but vets estimate she was shot on Friday. Brightwell said it might have happened while Blaze was lounging in the front yard.  

The severe abscess required overnight hospitalization and surgery with drainage tubes, a hospital bill of $1,300.

Both Brightwell and Franks are afraid because reports like this are becoming more frequent.

Police are also looking into a suspected BB gun shooting that's believed to have shattered a window on a tour bus along the H-1 Freeway. The bus was traveling in the eastbound direction just prior to the Radford pedestrian overpass on Saturday between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

And at the end of last month, a woman reported to police that her son was walking home from Aiea Intermediate School with friends. They were on Aiea Heights Drive when a dark mustang drove by and someone started firing at them with a BB gun.

And there were five incidents alone from September 22 through the 26 involving BB gun shootings in the Wahiawa and Pearl City areas. In one case, a 14-year old boy was shot in the back at the bus stop fronting Pearl City Highlands Intermediate School.

Brightwell and Franks say it's getting out of hand.

"If you know who's doing it, let's put a stop to it," Brightwell said.

"I just hope it doesn't continue and we can find who's doing it and put a stop to it, it's really scary," said Franks. 

Honolulu police and CrimeStoppers have issued an award of up to $1,000 leading to an arrest in the cases that occurred from September 22 through 26.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police. 

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