Thank You for the donations so far from: Alexis Bogo, Nina Brock, Vickie Marler, Donna & Tricia Sebes,Leslie Rawlings,Lisa Watjen,Graphic Works, Ellen Cook, Christy Frierson, Cathy Sims, Angel Daughtery, Randall Menard,Carolyn Mesker and Elisabeth Donnovin. There are more pictures but be advised that some are graphic.
This is the story about how I found the puppy that was shot: On Tuesday, January 25, 2005 I was preparing for a trip to Washington DC. I was carrying some items out to the car at about 6:30pm when I noticed a little figure at the edge of the yard under the dogwood tree. It was already dark, so I couldn't see what was there, but I thought it was our neighbor's cat because the cat often comes over to visit. I called out, but the little figure didn't move. As I walked over, I realized it was not the cat, but a little puppy. He was sitting very still as if waiting for someone. I patted his head and he wagged his tail, but he wouldn't follow me back to the house. I reached down to pick him up, but he slipped out of my hands because he was wet all over. I raised my hands to my face and realized he was covered in blood. I thought that he had been attacked by another dog or maybe hit by a car. I managed to scoop him up and take him inside. I wiped away as much of the blood as possible while he wagged his tail. Then we took off to the Emergency Animal Hospital. It was a long trip and I was afraid the puppy wouldn't make it there, but he did. Once there, the Vet checked him out and got him stabilized for the night. It was obvious that he had some serious injuries to his jaw and shoulder. the Vet was able to stop any further bleeding and gave him some fluid to keep him hydrated.
The next morning, at the regular Vet, x-rays were taken to determine the extent of the damage to the puppy's jaw. That is when it was discovered that the puppy had been shot instead of attacked by another animal or hit by a car. There were several bullet fragments that could not be removed, but during surgery, his jaw was wired and a plate was put in place since part of the jawbone had been destroyed. There was also severe tendon damage in his left shoulder that would likely keep him from using his left front leg. Because he couldn't eat, a feeding tube was put in place.
After a few days of recovery, the puppy was able to go home. He's making steady progress and some feeling has returned in his left leg. We are concerned that he has lost vision, as he doesn't always respond. He's been doing hydro-therapy (swimming in the bathtub with a couple of helping hands) to regain muscle strength. We hope to be able to have his feeding tube removed next week.
This is one little courageous Survivor that could use your kindness and help. Any contribution to his care would be greatly appreciated.