A dog that suffered a shattered leg bone and ACL rupture from a gunshot wound, is recovering after receiving treatment from a Maitland veterinary clinic.
Boone is a 2-year-old male red coonhound. He was rescued last month after being found limping on the side of a road in Putnam County by a hospice worker.
Rescuers initially thought he was hit by a car because he was limping so badly, but after taking X-rays of Boone's left hind leg, they discovered a bullet lodged in the bone. Tests also revealed that the dog was positive for heart worms.
Affiliated Veterinary Specialist in Maitland performed surgery on Boone earlier this month. They removed the bullet and cultured the joint. The ACL repair has been postponed to a later date.
Pet Street Veterinary Care Center has offered to do a laser treatment to help the dog with pain control at no charge. Boone will be going through therapy to try to save his leg, but it is still possible that he may never regain use of the leg and amputation will be needed, veterinary specialists said. After his leg is taken care of, Boone will go through heartworm treatment, then neutering.
It is still unclear how the dog ended up with a bullet in it's leg. A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction for the person who shot Boone. Please call (386)-267-0277.