Charleston Animal Society treating dog for severe shotgun wound

  • Friday, February 21, 2014

X-rays of the dog show embedded birdshot pellets.


The veterinary staff at Charleston Animal Society is caring for a dog that came to them with a significant shotgun wound to its left front leg. The dog, a male hound mix believed to be 7-8 months old, was found by a concerned citizen near Ravenel last week who immediately took him to the Emergency Vet Clinic in North Charleston.

The next day the animal was transported to Charleston Animal Society and came under the care of Dr. Sarah Boyd, the shelter's Director of Shelter Health and Wellness. Dr. Boyd determined that the dog's injury, which she described as a “massive, infected wound” on his left front leg, was the result of a gunshot at close range. He sustained wounds to both of his front legs, but the left leg is of greater concern to Dr. Boyd, because it suffered a significant amount of tissue loss and still has over 120 birdshot pellets embedded in it, many of which penetrated the bone. It is Dr. Boyd's opinion that the dog had been suffering from his injuries for a few days before he was found. Clinic staff is currently attempting to debride the wounds with honey, but the leg continues to remain a concern.

“We are doing all we can to treat his injuries, but we are not sure if we can save his left leg,” explains Dr. Boyd. “It is clearly bothering him, and he is still not putting weight on it after we have been treating him for almost a week.”

Dr. Boyd describes the dog as “very sweet, with big doe eyes.” He said, “Now that he has put on some weight and is starting to get healthier, you can see that he is going to be a very handsome boy. What would make someone so angry that they would maliciously attack such a sweet dog is beyond me.”

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