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Dog found wandering with close range gunshot wound

The German Shepherd, named Cello, was found wounded and emaciated in Paintsville, Kentucky. (Source: The Arrow Fund) The German Shepherd, named Cello, was found wounded and emaciated in Paintsville, Kentucky. (Source: The Arrow Fund)
The Arrow Fund officials said it appeared she was shot at close range. (Source: The Arrow Fund) The Arrow Fund officials said it appeared she was shot at close range. (Source: The Arrow Fund)
Cello's tail was cut off, exposing the bone. (Source: The Arrow Fund) Cello's tail was cut off, exposing the bone. (Source: The Arrow Fund)
Rebecca Eaves (Source: WAVE 3 News) Rebecca Eaves (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dr. Patricia Sura (Source: WAVE 3 News) Dr. Patricia Sura (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The search is on for the person responsible for shooting a dog at close range in Eastern Kentucky. The German Shepherd was found wandering, badly injured, thin, hungry and weak.

The Arrow Fund traveled to Floyd County, Kentucky to get the dog Tuesday and bring her back to Louisville for care.

The German Shepherd, named Cello by rescuers, is now recovering. She survived hours of surgery, but her injuries are critical and now she is being monitored closely.

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“It's cruelty, it's abuse, it's neglect and it needs to stop,” said The Arrow Fund Director Rebecca Eaves.

Eaves has seen her share of extreme animal abuse cases, but this one rises to the top.

“To see an animal that someone literally at close range, put a gun and shot this animal and then obliterated its tail whether by hacking it off or shooting it off, it's amazing that someone would do that,” said Eaves.

Eaves says Cello was found wandering. Doctors believe her wounds could have been a week or more old.

With the help a private plane, Eaves and volunteers flew to Prestonburg to pick Cello up and bring her back to Blue Pearl where Dr. Patricia Sura performed the surgery.

“What you would think of as the snout of the dog is actually normal, but everything from where the eye would be located to the side is essentially missing, it was involved and fractured with that gunshot wound,” said Sura.

Cello still has vision in her remaining eye.

“The concern is that the damage is very close to her brain and whether we do currently have or may have an infection affecting the brain and that obviously would change everything, but for right now she is looking like she is doing pretty well and hanging in there, so it is just a day by day,” said Sura.

“We need to set a precedent that this is not ok, this was deliberant and this was violent,” said Eaves. “It's a miracle that she is here.”

This is such an extreme case of abuse, the Human Society of the United State is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The Prestonsburg Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call (606) 886-1010.


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