Berks veterinarian treating dog shot in face; man jailed

'He survived his injuries, miraculously'

POTTSVILLE, Pa. - A man is behind bars on animal cruelty charges after, police said, he shot a dog in the face.

Anthony Holmes, 30, shot the 10-year-old German shepherd, named Diddy, in Saturday night at the dog's home in the 200 block of West Market Street in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, according to police.

"It's very hard to process," said Tricia Moyer-Mentzer, assistant manager at Hillside SPCA in North Manheim Township. "I can't understand why anyone would shoot a dog. He was shot in his own home. I don't know why. I don't really care why."

A Hillside SPCA volunteer responded and helped police get the dog to a veterinarian in Shillington.

"He survived his injuries, miraculously," said Moyer-Mentzer. "He was released from the hospital late last night and he's on a plethora of medications. Pain medications."

Diddy is currently in the care of foster parents, with a long road to recovery.

"He has bullet fragments in his nasal area, in his jaw, and he's pretty much lost vision in his right eye," Moyer-Mentzer said.

Now, the Hillside SPCA is on the hook for the medical bills.

"Its $6,472," she said. "That's money that's going to take away from animals that were already in our care."

The Hillside SPCA is accepting donations to help cover the costs and hoping for the best.

"We're hopeful that he will make a full recovery and live as best he can," Moyer-Mentzer said.

The Hillside SPCA is accepting donations on its website.

As for Holmes, he was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, possessing instruments of a crime, recklessly endangering another person, cruelty to animal, and discharging a firearm in the city. He was committed to the Schuylkill County Jail on $15,000 bail.

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