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Dog recovering after being shot in East Toledo

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A stray dog that was shot on the streets of East Toledo is recovering tonight thanks to some quick thinking neighbors. Police say they have a suspect in the case. It happened Monday afternoon in the 900 block of Clark Street. The veterinarian at Lucas County Canine Care and Control says the dog is going to have to have her front leg amputated because it was shattered by the gunshot but her long term prognosis is good.

Neighbors who helped save the dog say the stray was friendly and a lot of people were giving her food and shelter. They want whoever did this to pay for the crime. Julie Lyle of Lucas County Canine Care and Control says the gunshot did a lot of damage, "Her leg is severely injured. She has two broken bones and one of them is in a lot of pieces. The leg cannot be saved. We will have to amputate it, but dogs do just fine with three legs."

Bill Rost had been feeding the stray for a couple days and even letting her into his house to warm up, " I tried to give her some love. She was well behaved when she came in the house. She would nudge my arm to pet her and curl up in my chair." Bill was inside yesterday when he heard a shot and then found the dog whimpering in the street, "I called her on to my porch and ran into the house and got some rags to help stop the bleeding. Once I got the bleeding stopped I got a tablecloth and wrapped that around her to keep her warm. I sat there with her, petting her, talking to her and telling her I was going to make sure she was okay."

She was rushed to the animal emergency clinic for treatment and then brought to Lucas County Canine Care and Control for continued vet care. She is just one of five injured dogs at the facility now and the cost to take care of all of them is adding up. They do have an emergency fund to help pay for cases like this but money is running low, "We are accepting donations to help with her care and surgery. We have a fund called Cutie's Fund to help pay for emergency medical expenses like this and she has already used money from that fund for her initial care at the emergency clinic. We will also use the fund for her amputation."

A lot of people have asked about adopting the dog. Lyle says she will stay at Lucas County Canine Care and Control for three days and if her owner does not come forward she will be transferred to a rescue group that will work to find her a new home, "We have a network of about 50 transfer partners we work with like the Humane Society, Planned Pethood and The Pit Crew. We will contact all of them to see if anyone can take her into their program and find her a loving home."

Once again police do a have a suspect. They say he could face charges including animal cruelty and discharging a firearm within city limits. They also say he has several other warrants out for his arrest. If you'd like to make a donation to help cover the cost of this dog's surgery or any emergency case click here. In addition to money, they can use donations of blankets and canned dog food.

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