Shooting Shatters Dog's Leg
It's a breed that many people fear.
Experts like Debbie Boyce of Pilots N Paws Pet Rescue say when it comes to Dobermans, the stigma is unfair. One look at a dog named Penny and you might agree.
"She just lays her head right on my hand, see. This is how confident she is of people," Boyce says.
Penny's demeanor is surprising considering what happened. She was gunned down last week in Polk County.
"And for someone to just shoot, just blatantly shoot because they were on his property," Boyce tells us. "You know there's no evidence that she had killed anything. He just didn't want her there."
A single bullet went through one hind leg, shattering it beyond recognition, and lodged in the thigh of the other back leg.
"We're gonna have to put some orthopedic hardware in here," says Dr. David Crouch of Western Carolina Veterinary Surgery.
Dr. David Crouch's mission is to avoid amputation.
"So this is an x-ray of Penny's femur that's been severely shattered by the bullet," he says. "To have a sweet loving dog like this, and somebody take a pot shot at her out of sheer meanness. Those people need to be dealt with."
First things first. In this case, surgery to rebuild that leg.
"Right now we're trying to identify anything that resembles a bone," Dr. Crouch tells us in the operating room.
The operation could also aid the animal cruelty investigation, once the bullet is retrieved and turned over to authorities.
But more importantly, Dr. Crouch hopes the procedure potentially gives new life to an animal once left for dead.
"But I think we'll get this girl back on the road to recovery."