A pit bull is getting a second chance thanks to a good Samaritan and a rescue organization in Mission, KS.
A warning: the animal's wounds are hard to look at.
Timber the pit bull always has a smile on his face and he'll kiss anyone brave enough to come close. His spirits are remarkably high for a dog who took a point-blank blast from a shotgun a few days ago.
"The bullet went right through his head, shattered the right side of his atlas," said Danielle Reno with Unleashed Pet Rescue.
Reno runs the shelter that's nursing Timber back to health. When his rescuers found him, he was almost dead.
"After we sedated him, cleaned him up a little bit, it appeared to be a gunshot wound," she said.
X-rays show dozens of buckshot pellets in his head, neck and leg. The vet had to insert a tub in his neck to drain out results of the infection. Reno said it's the worst case of abuse she's ever encountered.
"When we get a case that people see, actually get to see in person of a survivor, I think it brings people down to earth on what really does happen," she said.
Now the shelter is trying to find a good home for Timber. They're looking for someone who's active and can give him a lot of love.
"He's extremely tolerant, the sweetest dog ever. He's got a hole in his head and he's sitting there giving everyone kisses," Reno said.
Reno is filing a police report, although it's unlikely police will be able to find Timber's attacker.
"There's always that small chance that they could've been caught and we didn't try so we're going to try as hard as we can," she said.
But the important thing for Reno is Timber's recovery.
"I think it's a miracle," she said.
The dog escaped death by an inch. Though he has a hole in his head, his heart is completely intact.
The shelter is collecting money to aid in Timber's recovery. Visit unleashedrescue.com to learn more.
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