Dog survives after shotgun wounds

By: Joseph Dames Email
By: Joseph Dames Email

For many dog owners their canine is a part of the family. For one Fruita family they nearly lost their four-footed member after he came home injured.

Coreen Caldwell and her family came home from a camping trip, but jack wasn't there to greet them, they found him on the back porch covered in blood.

"We found him right where he is now, his whole side and fur was covered with blood", said Jack’s owner, Coreen Caldwell.

Jack is the Caldwell's 11-year-old border collie mix born and bred to herd livestock.

"He likes to herd the cars up and down the driveway that's his habit, for 11 years now", said Caldwell.

But now Jack is moving a little slower after fighting for his life, the Caldwell’s thought he had been attacked by a coyote, or even hit by a car, their vet told them a very different story.

"After shaving up his wounds we found out that it was a shotgun blast", said Baer Bechtel, DVM.

Only Jack knows who shot him, but the Caldwells are still in the dark as to who did it, and why.

All they know is in his old age Jack has been sticking closer to home and don't believe he could have traveled very far after being hit with a shotgun blast, meaning he was at home when he was shot.

"We don't know what happened, we are just trying to find out what happened, and who would do something like this, if you have a problem with a dog, call animal services, that is what they are there for", said Caldwell.

That's what animal services official Penny McCarty suggest as well, "the property owner will reach out to us and ask us to reach out to the animal owner, and we do that, and often they have direct contact to the owner".

Caldwell hopes others remember that in the future, "we just don't want to see this happen to someone else's dog".

Colorado law says livestock owners have the right to protect their animals if they're being harassed by a dog.

Officials say cases like this do happen sometimes in the valley, since we are still a rural community.

But they say the best way to avoid it is to keep your dogs under control at all times.

Jack is still recovering; Vets say right now the best option is to leave the shotgun debris in his body as it's unlikely he could recovery from surgery due to his age.

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