A pit bull who was shot in the face Tuesday night after escaping from a Lake Lotawana home is being treated by veterinarians, according to staff at Great Plains SPCA.
The pit bull, named Lucky, had broken through a window of a locked house and ran onto a nearby property, where a livestock owner shot him. He was brought to the Great Plains animal shelter in Independence with gunshot wounds on his face and body. The staff there rushed him to a veterinarian.
“He’s lucky to be alive,” said Rachel Hodgson, a spokeswoman for Great Plains. “He has a fracture in his paw and has to have his leg splinted and bandaged daily. Surgery may be in his future, but we are still waiting to find out.”
Hodgson said it appeared Lucky had been abandoned in the locked house along with another dog, a shepherd/chow mix named Buddy, who escaped with Lucky but wasn’t shot. It was unclear how long they had been in the house. The floors were covered in feces, and the dogs had chewed through several doors trying to escape.
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Buddy was being cared for at the Great Plains shelter while Lucky stayed at the veterinary hospital.
Hodgson said Lucky’s veterinary bills had already topped $3,000, and the shelter was looking for donations to help defray the cost.
“We are grateful for the community’s support to help the dogs recover and are pleased to say that Lucky has been an incredibly sweet, affectionate patient,” Hodgson said.