A 6-month old Labrador mix named Brody is recovering at an animal hospital in Rock Hill after the dog was shot 18 times with a BB gun.

Local media outlets reports that police responded to an apartment complex Sunday after a utility worker reported a group of as many as 20 juveniles were playing with a black puppy.

The officer found the dog was bleeding.

The youngsters told him someone had shot and stabbed the puppy. A veterinarian said the dog was not stabbed but did have intestinal parasites.

Workers at the Ebenezer Animal Hospital dubbed the puppy Brody.

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This story has been corrected to correct spelling of name to Brody.