Husband-and-wife police officers adopt dog shot in Derby

Photo of Peter Yankowski

SHELTON — A German Shepherd whose front leg was amputated after police said his owners shot him in Derby has been adopted, according to the city of Shelton’s animal shelter.

The dog, previously known as Thunda, was renamed Sheriff by staff at the VCA Shoreline veterinary medical facility after the shooting.

“Sheriff has adjusted very well with only having three legs and runs, plays and swims,” the animal shelter said in a Facebook post Thursday. “He can be clumsy at times, but is such a good boy.”

The dog was adopted by the family of Dan and Victoria Loris, both police officers. Dan Loris, a former K-9 officer in Shelton who now works for the Fairfield Police Department, had lost his former K-9 partner, Stryker, earlier this year. Victoria Loris is an officer with the Shelton Police Department.

“Victoria felt from the moment she heard about Sheriff he would be theirs,” the post from the Shelton animal shelter said.

In April, Derby police arrested the dog’s previous owners after the animal was found shot at the Derby Picnic Grove on Nutmeg Avenue. Police said the dog had been shot twice, shattering his leg and resulting in another bullet embedding in his shoulder.

Stranja Perrin and Anthony Singletary were both charged in the case.

Both denied owning a dog, but investigators determined they had a male German Shepherd that matched the animal’s description.

Police said video surveillance placed Perrin’s car at the park, where officers found 10 9 mm casings that matched ammunition in two 9 mm handguns Perrin was licensed to carry.

A GoFundMe to raise money for the dog’s medical care raised more than $14,000 at the time.