Dog recovers from being shot in the face
An Indiana dog is getting back on his feet after being shot in the face and left for dead.
Chopper, a four-year-old chocolate lab, was found shot and wounded on the side of the road in Morgan County, Indiana.
A passerby called the emergency animal control line and Chopper ended up at the Morgan County Humane Society.
After a veterinarian had a chance to examine Chopper, it was determined that the dog was likely struggling with this condition for weeks in frigid temperatures.
"Without treating the infection and the damage to his lower jaw he would've died and he would've starved to death," said Dr. Lisa Lembke of Monrovia Equine and Small Animal Clinic.
With the damage to his lower jaw, Chopper had to undergo surgery to remove the broken bones. "The jaw had been blown apart, we later determined it had been a gunshot wound," said Dr. Lembke.
Because of the surgery, he will never be able to chew again. That's why the staff gets creative with his meals.
"We make him a blended mixture of dog food so he's able to eat that successfully," said Jacque Kaufman of the Morgan County Humane Society.
He also has a new signature - a bib. "He always wears a bib now because he drools, he doesn't have a lower jaw to catch the spit," said Dr. Lembke.
They are actively searching for any information on who shot Chopper and are offering a $1,000 reward.
Chopper is currently up for adoption, the Humane Society is searching for his permanent home.