Gunner at home

Gunner, the dog shot at the Monadnock Park tennis courts in Claremont Sunday, is home after undergoing surgery to save his leg. “Gunner is sore but stable, adjusting nicely at home,” said his owner, Taysa Combs on Thursday. The family is looking at more than $7,000 in bills. No charges have been filed in the incident, though Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase said the investigators will send a referral to the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office in the coming days. Gunner is pictured with Combs’ daughters, Alyssa Bruno, left, and Ryleigh Bruno, and Alyssa’s boyfriend, Keanan Jasmin.

CLAREMONT — The Mastiff-Boxer mix shot during an incident at the Monadnock Park tennis courts is home after undergoing surgery to save his leg.

“Gunner is sore but stable, adjusting nicely at home,” said his owner, Taysa Combs on Thursday.

Gunner, a two-year-old dog, was shot Sunday at the park. No charges have been filed in the incident, though Police Chief Mark Chase said the investigators will send a referral to the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office in the coming days.

Gunner ended up with one of his leg bones shattered by a bullet for which he needed metal rods installed to help him keep his leg. In all, the family is looking at more than $7,000 in bills for Gunner’s surgery and treatment, Combs said.

Police are not identifying the man who shot Gunner, but said he left the park after the shooting and called police to report the incident himself. Police were already called to the park shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday after the the shooting.

Combs had her dog at the fenced in tennis courts to allow him to play. Combs said Gunner has a tendency to run and loves to play with people. She said she often brings him to the courts when they are not in use, but she will yield the courts to people who come to play.

A man and a woman came to the courts to play that afternoon, Combs said, and she called out to them to wait so she could get Gunner on his leash before they opened the gate. The man didn’t listen, Combs said, and started opening the gate anyway.

Gunner proceeded to run toward the opening and the man and the big dog was able to push his way through the gate, Combs said. That’s when the man started running away, she said. She called out to ask the man not to run, knowing Gunner would think it was a game and chase after the man, she said.

Combs said the man panicked and bolted from the dog.  Gunner gave chase and the man pulled a gun.   Combs said she begged him not to shoot, but to no avail.