Police are investigating two incidents in which dogs have sustained gun wounds in East Sussex, and are emphasising that there is no evidence to connect them.
At about 7pm on Sunday 15 September, a local woman was walking her dog, a five-year old Springer Spaniel, off the lead, through a public footpath on Buckhurst Farm Estate, Hartfield, when it ran off and returned with wounds believed to have been caused by an air weapon. Very sadly the dog had to be put down by a vet. Nothing had been heard and no suspects were seen. Occupants of the estate have been spoken to and it has been confirmed they had no knowledge of the incident.
At about 10.30am on Saturday 28 September a local man was out walking their dog, off the lead, in the woods close to Mardens Hill, Crowborough, when a scuffle occurred, believed to involve other dogs out of sight of the owner, following which the male dog returned with wounds again believed to have been caused by air pellets. It received treatment at a vets and is understood to be recovering. No weapon was seen and no suspect was identified although a man was seen in the distance.
Sergeant Kara Tombling said: "We have been investigating and these incidents are not being linked but if anyone has any information about either incident they can contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1553 of 15/09 or serial 1213 of 28/09.