Dog wanders away, returns home with 3 gunshot wounds

Dog wanders away, returns home with 3 gunshot wounds »Play Video

PORT HADLOCK, Wash. -- A local dog is beating the odds after being shot at least three times and left to die, a spokeswoman for an animal shelter support organization called Rescue Every Dog said.

Investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are now trying to figure out who pulled the trigger.

A spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Jefferson County said the dog went missing for several days last week from his owner's home in Chimacum. When the dog returned, the owner discovered the dog had several gunshot wounds to his head and back, the spokeswoman said. The owner couldn't pay for his care and turned to the Humane Society for help, she added.

The Humane Society turned to Rescue Every Dog for help. The group took the dog to a local vet.

"Because the bullets went through his forehead and straight down, they had to be looking in his face, right into his eye, when they shot him," said Tiami Coleburg, Rescue Every Dog.

The dog, whose name is Victor, spent the weekend at the vet, Coleburg said. He survived and is now slowly recovering with a foster family until he's put up for adoption, she added. Rescue Every Dog is already taking applications from interested families.

The Humane Society of Jefferson County is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Victor's medical care has already cost several thousand dollars, Coleburg said, and he might need another surgery.

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