Dog shot by intruder remains critical; Suspect arrested

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UNIONTOWN, Pa. —

A dog that was shot by an intruder Wednesday in Uniontown remains in critical condition Friday.

Police told Channel 11’s Cara Sapida the incident began when a group of men forced their way into Stephen Guziak’s home and demanded money.

Guziak told Sapida that when the men were on their way out of the house, one of them stopped and shot his pet pit bull Dubs.

“The kid was all messed up and the dog was barking. He pointed the gun at the dog and shot the dog,” Guziak said.

Police later arrested 21-year-old Christian Palm.

“Palm was charged with assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and, of course, cruelty to animals,” said Uniontown police Lt. Tom Kolencik.

Guziak, his family and authorities said it’s a miracle Dubs is still alive. In fact, at one point, everyone thought the dog had died.

“I thought he was going to die. I thought he was going to die within minutes,” Guziak said. “He’s part of my family. I couldn’t imagine life without him.”

Guziak said the trip to the vet, in Cheat Lake, West Virginia, was difficult.

“I was trying to hold him and pet him, and he was lifting his head up and licking my arm,” Guziak said.

Despite a massive blood loss and a severe eye injury, Dubs is hanging on. Guziak and his family have set up a fund to help cover the extremely high vet bills that are already over $3,000.

Donations can be made at the Wood Forest Bank, in care of: Tiffany Pitts, Memo: Save Dubs or sent to PO Box 340 in Hopwood, Pennsylvania.