A call came in about a German Shepherd who had collapsed and could not get up. Once we arrived on the scene, we could clearly see blood streaming down from a spot near his rear leg. It was immediately apparent that this was a serious case. The dog, who we named Sheldon, was weak and unable to stand or walk. Our rescue team carefully placed him on a blanket, loaded him in the vehicle, and rushed him to the Stray Rescue trauma center.
Sheldon's temperature was very high, he was having a tremendous amount of trouble breathing, and the vet team found what appeared to be bullet wounds. Our fears were confirmed when the xrays revealed that Sheldon had indeed been shot by some heartless person. The bullet struck his stomach and intestines, as well as chipped Sheldon's ribs, flooding his body with severe infection.
The pain and sickness that ravaged poor Sheldon was too great, and he passed away as the vet team worked so hard to save him. We were too late. Who knows how long Sheldon tried to hold on, suffering and awaiting rescue. This innocent soul that probably never experienced comfort or safety never deserved this terrible fate.
Sadly, injuries and fatalities due to cruel people shooting companion animals happens much more than one might think in our city. We discover that at least half of the dogs we rescue have been shot - some still having bullets in their bodies when they go through treatment in our clinic.
Treating so many gunshot wounds and the severe injuries that come along with them is extremely costly, and with medical expenses averaging approximately $2,000,000 every year, we need your help to save these lives. However, there is hope... and that hope is you. If you are touched by Sheldon's story and the countless stories similar to his, please donate to the Stracks Fund, our emergency medical fund, by clicking the link below. Remember, every bit helps and every bit makes a difference. You are giving these dogs a second chance at the life they deserve.