Whether it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time or just being the wrong breed, a dog rescued Saturday had to undergo lifesaving surgery Monday to have its shattered leg amputated due to a gunshot wound.
“We are not sure what motivated someone toward this senseless act of violence on a member of society’s most vulnerable and voiceless souls,” said Pulaski County Humane Society Executive Director Candice Simmons. She said the blue pit bull, which has been given the name “Ace,” isn’t aggressive.
“When we examined his wound at (Pulaski County Animal Shelter), he just laid in our arms, licked our faces, and wagged his tail,” Simmons said. “He is a sweet, sweet, sweet boy who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. And probably the wrong breed, too.”
Simmons said many people are afraid of pit bulls because they “erroneously” assume they are all aggressive.
Ace was rushed to Community Animal Clinic after being rescued from a Pulaski residence by Pulaski County Animal Control Saturday morning. Simmons said x-rays showed that the dog’s right front leg bone had been shattered from “what appeared to be a gunshot wound.”
Dr. Jared Morgan at Tipton Ridge Veterinary Medical Center in Pulaski agreed with the finding and determined the leg would have to be amputated for Ace to survive.
The surgery took place Monday and Simmons said Tuesday that Ace was recovering well, even holding up his head to look around.
Simmons said Dr. Morgan was “generous” to offer a reduced rate for the surgery, but it is still “very expensive,” so the humane society is trying to raise money to cover the cost.
Contributions can be made to the humane society via Paypal at pchsva.org or they can be mailed to the organization at P.O. Box 1046, Dublin, VA 24084. Donations also can be dropped off at the animal shelter, 80 Dublin Park Road, Dublin, or be made directly to Tipton Ridge at 1885 Bob White Blvd. Pulaski.
Ace’s progress can be followed at the humane society’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pchsva.
For questions or more information on donating toward Ace’s surgery, call 674-0089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org