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Dog recovering after being shot in eye

Posted February 5, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— A 3-month-old puppy who was shot in the eye is recovering at the Highland Animal Hospital in Fayetteville after being found in a local neighborhood tied to a tree, hospital officials said.

lucky dog surgery to remove punctured eye. found tethered to tre Puppy survives shooting

Jogger Robert Dickens found the white pit bull mix, now named Lucky, on Tuesday tethered to a tree with a shoestring in a wooded area along Johnson Street. The animal, which had no food or water, had a punctured eye and was sitting in its own feces. Another white puppy, possibly a litter mate of Lucky’s, was also tethered to a nearby tree, but had already died.

Dickens cut Lucky loose and brought her to the Highland Animal Hospital, where doctors found a bullet under her armpit. The dog had holes in her head and neck, in addition to an infection in her neck from the string used to tether her. The infection was filled with maggots.

Highland Animal Hospital veterinarian Joshua Barkman believes the puppy had been abandoned by the tree for some time.

“She was left to die,” Barkman said.

Hospital workers treated Lucky and performed surgery to remove her punctured eye and the bullet from her chest on Thursday. The bullet had barely missed her brain. 

Despite the abuse she had apparently endured, doctors said Lucky remains upbeat.

"She has a personality that beats anything," Barkman said.

Lucky is expected to recover, Barkman said. After she is well enough to leave the hospital, she is expected to move in with Dickens.


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  • Topsail Girl Feb 6, 2009

    Bless you Arkangels. He is such a wonderful person for taking this pup in. The least I could do is help a little. A lesson lots of people need to learn and live.

  • ArkAngels Feb 6, 2009

    Topsail Girl, I called the vet's office today also and sent a check to go towards her vet bill.

  • teacher-mom Feb 6, 2009

    I have a dog who was shot. I do not know the details. I do not know how she got to the vet's office, but Dr. Coats amputated her leg and asked me to take her. I did. She is a good girl.

  • GWALLY Feb 6, 2009

    ..."To "GWALLY" - I see you took the time to post about this dog story but didn't bother to post about the dead woman either - may she rest in peace. Of the 3 posts you mention - neither are from you. HereswhatIthink..."

    Unlike some...I do not post about things I know NOTHING about. If you will look closely and check your facts...you will "discover" the message in my origional post. The satisfaction of discovery unlike the uselessness of jumping on the band wagon....is enlightening!!!

  • Topsail Girl Feb 6, 2009

    I spoke to a lady at Highland Animal Hospital. Lucky is doing very weell and may even get to go home today. Mr. Dickens can use donations to pay for Lucky's surgery and hospital care. I donated 50 for the bill.

  • HereswhatIthink Feb 6, 2009

    To "GWALLY" - I see you took the time to post about this dog story but didn't bother to post about the dead woman either - may she rest in peace. Of the 3 posts you mention - neither are from you.

  • GWALLY Feb 6, 2009

    Story..."Woman found dead at Raleigh apartment" (3 post)
    Story..."Dog recovering after being shot in eye" (59 posts)

    ENOUGH SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Randy Cox Feb 6, 2009

    Why would someone shoot a dog in the eye?

    And, why does Sessy block me???

  • Sessy V--V Feb 6, 2009

    what the heck is wrong with people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    so so sad for some looser to do this to a innocent animal !

  • Adelinthe Feb 6, 2009

    Poor baby!

    Praying they find the beast who did this because to think this is the end of their animal abuse is naive.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB