"Goose" the dog was affectionately named after he was brought into the Jacksonville Humane Society with a gun shot wound.
Goose's family said the dog was chasing geese in a neighbor's yard when the man shot him.
A deputy brought Goose to the Jacksonville Humane Society because his owners surrendered him.
"He's been through a lot, but his body is recovering as well as we could hope, and he's in good spirits. He's a great boy," said Dr. Christian Broadhurst.
Goose will likely be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The bullet is still lodged in his spine and has caused Goose to be paralyzed.
"When he arrived, we found the bullet entry wound over his back and found that the bullet had actually lodged into his spinal column, paralyzing him from the waist down," said Broadhurst.
The Humane Society said that Goose is a very sweet dog who now needs a very special, loving home.
"Dogs don't feel sorry for themselves, that's the bottom line. They are wonderful creatures and they take what's given to them and they do the best they can with it," said Broadhurst. "If that includes being struck in a wheelchair, he's happy to be stuck in a wheelchair. He just wants attention, food and some love."
If you'd like to adopt "Goose," call the Jacksonville Humane Society at 725-8766.