JEFFERSON COUNTY • A puppy shot in the spine last week can put weight on his back legs and has a 90 percent chance of walking again, according to the Open Door Animal Sanctuary.
The puppy, a 4-month-old black Labrador retriever mix with a stub tail named Dodger, was found dragging himself along Highway 30 in the Cedar Hill area on Sept. 25.
The animal rescue is offering a $1,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot Dodger. Anyone with information is asked to call 314-709-2025. A report has been filed with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Dodger underwent surgery at Veterinary Specialty Services in Ballwin. Doctors believe that based on the position of the bullet, the person who shot him stood over him as the shot was fired.
Dodger's surgery was successful and he will stay at the vet's office for another week or so, the Animal Sanctuary said, adding that although he can't walk yet, it's encouraging that he's putting weight on his back legs and is doing water therapy.
Several people have offered to adopt Dodger.
Nature's Variety, a St. Louis-based pet food manufacturer, came forward to cover the dog's surgical expenses, which had been estimated to be about $4,000.
Open Door is still accepting donations for Dodger's follow-up care. Anyone wishing to donate can send a check to Open Door Animal Sanctuary, P.O. Box 870, House Springs MO, 63051.