NEW INFORMATION: Altoona police investigate case of badly hurt dog

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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Police are trying to figure out how a dog was hurt before a teenager found her.

Mariah McNew found the beagle a few blocks away from her home on Harvest Lane in Altoona Tuesday night.

"We saw like a cat or something in the road, and we went to go see what it was," she said. "I saw that she had blood on her face, so my friend pulled over to see if she wanted to go in the car or something, and she jumped right in."

She called police, who took the dog to an animal hospital. Officers went back to where the dog was found and found its owner. She was looking for her four-year-old pet, Calie.

Calie was hurt above her eye and on her shoulder. Police originally investigated the injuries as gunshot wounds. On Wednesday, a woman called Altoona police, saying she hit a beagle with her car on Tuesday night in the neighborhood where Calie was found. Investigators say they didn't find bullets or evidence of gunshots, but they say the dog had "unexplained injuries." They also don't believe they are the kind of injuries a pet that was hit by a car would end up with.

Somehow, Calie survived.

"Dogs are pretty resilient," said Lt. David Livingston of the Altoona Police Department. "I'm thankful that this dog made it. The dog is somebody's family pet."

"It was amazing. She survived a wound to the head and to the chest. She's a survivor."

Both the Eau Claire County Humane Association and Calie's owner say they're thankful McNew acted quickly to help save Calie's life.

"I knew if it wouldn't have been now, then later on, she would have died probably," McNew said. "I feel pretty good that I saved at least one today."

Anyone with more information on how the dog may have been injured is asked to contact the Humane Association at (715) 839-4747.
ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Police are investigating the case of a dog hit and left for dead in Altoona. The dog was so badly hurt, officers originally believed the dog had been wounded by gunshots.

Altoona police released the picture attached to this story on their Twitter page. Officers say the dog was found on the 300 block of Spooner Avenue Tuesday evening. They believed it suffered gunshot wounds, but received a call today by someone admitting to hitting a dog with their car. Investigators now say they believe the beagle was hit by a car, but suffered other unexplained injuries.

If you have any information, you're asked to call police.

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