RCMP in southwestern Newfoundland are looking for someone who used a pellet gun to hurt a dog. 

Police were called to a home in Cape Ray on Tuesday, after the dog's owner reported that her pet returned home in pain after being put outdoors earlier in the day. 

"Two marks were seen on its body," RCMP said in a statement Wednesday. "The marks appear to be from being shot with a pellet gun."

The RCMP's Port aux Basques detachment said it has investigated "multiple reports" of cats and dogs being shot with pellet guns over the years. 

"The incidents are not believed to be related but are concerning nevertheless," the statement said. 

Meanwhile, the police reminded dog owners to keep their animals penned or tethered while they are outdoors.