A search is on for the gunman who shot a dog in the head and leg in Cumberland County, New Jersey, then left him for dead.
The pit bull was found lying on a road near Main Street and Strawberry Avenue in Commercial Township on May 2. Rescuers took the dog to a veterinary clinic but didn’t realize until May 10 he had been shot when X-rays showed bullets lodged under his jaw and near his right back leg.
"The dog is very lucky to be alive and so far is doing very well," said veterinarian Ryan Gorman of the Animal Clinic of Millville.
The dog, whom rescuers named, "Mr. Biggs," also has what appear to be puncture wounds and scars all over his body.
"It’s very heartbreaking," said Melanie Britton of TLC Animal Rescue. "I can’t believe somebody would do this. Just leave him out there to die. He’s so sweet. He just wants love."
The bullet in Mr. Biggs' leg shattered his bones. Gorman hopes an orthopedist can find a way to avoid amputating the leg.
"Instead of being a simple break with just two pieces, there are multiple fragments," Gorman explained.
The Cumberland County SPCA has launched an investigation into the incident as the search for the gunman continues.
"I hope justice is served because this dog did not deserve this," Britton said.
TLC Animal Rescue is asking for donations to help pay for Mr. Biggs' veterinary bills, which will end up being thousands of dollars. The dog will be put up for adoption once he’s in better shape.