Dog appears to be victim of torture

A dog found in Jefferson County riddled with bullets and near death, but miraculously he's on the road to recovery.

Animal rights advocates say what happened to Stubbs should be a red flag to all of us to pay attention and not hesitate to report animal abuse and neglect.

Those taking care of Stubbs named him that because he's missing part of his tail.

That's just one of many injuries the dog has suffered.

Stubbs perks up when he sees our camera-- a good sign considering how he appeared when Stubbs was first brought to the Wilcox Veterinary Clinic in Groves.

"He wasn't even wanting to pick his head up until yesterday, and you saw him, he's trying to stand up even though he can't," said Brady Hanson, DVM at Wilcox Veterinary Clinic.

Doctor Hanson shows us the x-rays that make it clear why Stubbs is nearly paralyzed.

"He can't stand up because his pelvis is broken right here."

The dog also has a fractured spine, and that's not all.

"This is some other type of bullet. Don't know if it's a 22 or what. That's not a pellet, it is a bullet."

Stubbs appears to be a victim of torture--his body used for target practice.

"They've shot him a bunch of times. Looks like multiple occasions. There's at least three types of bullets in him."

Angela Dodson is with the rescue group Pups in Peril. She brought Stubbs to the clinic.

"He's just skin and bones, absolutely skin and bones. You can literally count every bone in his body."

A postal carrier found the dog near death on Highway 124 in Jefferson County.

"Dogs should not be outside left to die like that at all. There's just no reason for it."

Dodson says if it had not been for the postal carrier, Stubbs would have surely died, but apparently he had been in this condition for days, dragging himself along the road.

"If you see a dog in dire straits, report it, call your animal control officer. If you're outside city limits, call sheriff's office, call rescue."

Stubbs was rescued in time. His outlook is good. Doctor Hanson says in his first hour at the clinic he needed two liters of fluid because of dehydration, but while it could take time, a full recovery is expected.

"He's got a lot of fight left in him, no matter how much he's hurting, he's just sweet, he's got the best temperament in the world."

Dr. Hanson says Stubbs is about three years old.

Stubbs still needs two operations, including one to insert a plate to stabilize his broken pelvis. Those surgeries are costly, so if you would like to help, you can make a donation directly to the the clinic.

That's Wilcox Veterinary Clinic in Groves. The number is 962-9668.

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