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Dog shot by Memphis police officer continues recovery

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A dog shot over the weekend by a Memphis police officer has been released from the hospital, but still has a lot of healing to do.

Buddy, a boxer mix, was shot by a Memphis police officer Saturday while the officer was investigating a robbery. The officer claims he fired in self defense, but owner Eric Barger disagrees.

"There was no right for him to shoot my dog," Barger said. "He has no wound on him. My dog didn't even bite him. All he did was jump on him 'cause he is playful."

According to Barger, than 24 hours after Buddy came home from the hospital Sunday, he had another appointment with a specialist.

"We're showing the doctor x-rays of his arm, and they are letting us know if they are going to have to amputate or if they can do some reconstructive surgery and fix it," Barger said.

Buddy was still at the doctor when we stopped by Barger's house Monday morning. But, Barger showed new pictures of how the dog looks with bandages over the spot when the bullet hit.

"It went through the top of his shoulder and came out the back of his arm," Barger said.

Barger said Buddy's two playmates have not been the same since the shooting, and Buddy hasn't been the same either.

"He is not himself.  He is usually playful...now he has to lay down the whole time, which he doesn't like," Barger said.

Medical treatment for Buddy will cost thousands of dollars. Barger's mother, Rebekah Ross, says she has already received offers of support from people who have contacted her through Facebook.

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