Gloria the pit bull was recovering from surgery Tuesday after being shot in the face in what her Mission, Kan., rescuers called “an act of horrid cruelty.”
The dog was found last week near Slater, Mo., torn by shotgun pellets that were fired point-blank, said Danielle Reno, CEO of the Unleashed Pet Rescue.
The team of veterinarians who patched the dog together Tuesday saw a terrifying story in the wounds, Reno said.
It appears that someone meant to shoot the dog between the eyes, but she jerked her head upward, the vets said.
It probably saved her life. But the pellets, instead of hitting her brain, sprayed downward from below her right eye and blew a massive hole through her cheek.
The bone under her eye was shattered and her jaw was broken.
A previous owner recognized pictures of the dog that had been circulated by the rescue agency, and Saline County, Mo., investigators are following leads to find the shooter, Reno said.
While Gloria will be in pain and needs some further surgeries, she is expected to recover in good health, though with a lasting scar, Reno said.
She will be staying in a foster home for at least the next couple of months as she recovers. After that, she’s going to need a home.
“She’s a wonderful dog,” Reno said. “She is available for adoption and we’re going to make sure she goes somewhere every dog dreams of, because she deserves it.”
Anyone interested in adopting Gloria or other rescued pets can find applications online at www.unleashedrescue.com.