Dog recovering at animal hospital from gunshot wound

Bullet skinned dog's cheek, shattered upper arm bone

Moe's cheek was skinned by a bullet, and his upper arm bone was shattered.
Moe's cheek was skinned by a bullet, and his upper arm bone was shattered.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Veterinarians at the Jacksonville Humane Society Animal Hospital are treating a dog who was shot in the face. JHS staff has named the lab mix Moe.

They said Moe is about a year old.

"Moe lost a lot of blood but he was very lucky because the shot just missed his eye, grazing his face and landing in his upper arm," said Dr. Jennifer Broadhurst, JHS shelter medical director. "Despite the pain, Moe was very sweet as we examined the extensive damage to his muscles and bone. We bandaged his wounds and will most likely need to amputate his leg once he is stable."

Residents of Anvil Road in Arlington called police after hearing a gunshot followed by a dog yelping. Officers found a large pool of blood in the street and followed the blood trail. They discovered Moe lying near the side of a house. An officer with the city of Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services brought the dog to the Humane Society for treatment.

"Because of our partnership with ACPS, we are caring for more and more injured and abused animals at our hospital," said Denise Deisler, JHS executive director. "It costs hundreds of dollars to care for animals like Moe, but we are determined to give them the medical care they need and deserve."

No arrests have been made in the case. Moe will remain at the Humane Society as he recovers.

To donate toward the care of dogs and cats like Moe, visit www.jaxhumane.org/donate or call 904-725-8766.