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A deer hunter put aside his shotgun Thursday to rescue an abandoned and injured puppy, according to Evans Police Chief Ernie Masullo.

The hunter informed police that while he was in a wooded area near Holland Road and Route 5, he heard a car door slam and looked out toward the road and spotted a small, white automobile speeding away. Concerned, the hunter walked out of the woods to investigate.

“He found a small puppy, apparently a Pug, that is 10 to 12 weeks old just standing on the side of the road. The puppy appeared to have an injured rear left leg,” Masullo said. “He brought the puppy to our police station, and we called our dog control officer.”

Mike Franey, the dog control officer, then took the puppy to a local veterinarian for medical attention. Masullo said the dog “is still under observation,” and more is expected to be known today.

Police are now trying to find out who would leave an injured puppy in the middle of nowhere to fend for itself, the chief said.

Anyone with information on the puppy’s owner is asked to call Evans police at 549-3600. “If they want to remain confidential, they can call our tip line at 217-3585,” Masullo said.

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