Donations Help Shot And Wounded Dog To Road Of Recovery
The dog was taken in by KHD officer Tena Petix, who learned of the dog’s dire condition after he was found in the Bragg City area. He was quickly admitted to the Kennett Veterinary Clinic, where Dr. Everett Mobley and his staff worked for hours to make sense of the mess made to the animal’s body.
While earlier reports suggested the dog had multiple wounds, possibly done by hunters attempting to stop it from disrupting area game, Mobley says the damage was likely done by a single bullet.
“I doubt that it was duck hunters, as it has been speculated, simply because they use a shotgun,” Mobley explained Thursday morning. “This was a rifle bullet, and I think a single rifle bullet. The bullet grazed his hip, entered in the flank area and as it took on to the skin it hit a rib. When it hit the rib, it broke the rib, but then the bullet fragmented.”
Mobley said the entry wound likely enlarged to the size of a quarter, but the impact of the bullet into the rib caused a very large wound on the dog’s right side. Another wound opened up on Jude’s shoulder, and it was at first unclear how it formed. But x-rays showed small flakes of lead scattered throughout both of the large wounds.
“What I think happened was that a fragment of the bullet went on and tore his shoulder, because there’s no trail of lead between the two wounds,” he continued. “So I think it was a single shot. He does have a .22 caliber pellet embedded in his leg from an older wound. Something that was completely healed and happened at a different day. I think someone shot him as he was running away.”
Mobley assumes Jude was out in the wild suffering from these wounds for weeks rather than days. The fractured rib was exposed to the air, allowing infections to sink in while the open wound on his shoulder did the same.
“It created these very, very open wounds that were very, very contaminated and very, very infected,” Mobley said. “One of the rib ends was exposed to the air, and I may not have removed enough. It may require additional surgery, but I didn’t want to make this giant hole while he had all of this infection going on.”
Mobley and his staff spent hours removing infections and other debris covering Jude’s original tissue. After lots of cleaning with a scalpel, he then stitched up the two large wounds on Jude’s side and shoulder. Mobley also added five drainage troubles running along Jude’s side.
Though Jude may eventually have to have the broken rib removed completely, the wound on his side appears to be healing well. The shoulder wound, however, is causing it’s own problems.
“We’re having a little more trouble with the shoulder wound, because it’s under motion and tension all the time as opposed to the side of his chest, which is taped down and flat to his ribs,” he said. “It’s difficult to keep the bandage on, and even with the bandage, the constant motion [causes problems].”
In spite of such trauma, both Petix and Mobley had noted Jude’s unwavering optimism throughout this entire ordeal. Even with the open wounds on his body, Jude greeted strangers with a wagging tail. He acts affectionately towards staff at Mobley’s office, and that continued Thursday morning as Mobley replaced Jude’s bandages.
“He’s a very happy dog. I’m sure he’s still in pain. He’s on pain medication still, and he’s still on two different antibiotics. But he’s got a good appetite, a good attitude. He’s really a friendly dog and a super nice dog,” Mobley added. “Some dogs are very stoic. I’m not going to tell you they don’t feel pain. I am 100 percent sure that they do, but some of them are more tolerant of it than others.”
Jude now wears shirts supplied by Mobley to keep him from scratching and biting at his stitches, further aiding his recovery. Mobley credits the massive outpouring of support for Jude, which led to the donations that have funded the costs of his recovery.
KHD city funds are only available for euthanasia purchases, so vet bills for any injured animal must be covered by donations. Mobley heaped praise on KHD’s Tena Petix for her social media outreach efforts which have ensured that animals are euthanized only in the most extreme cases.
“Most animal control officers, they pick them up and after five days they’re euthanized,” Mobley said. “We almost never euthanized dogs in Kennett. I mean, if they’re unsalvageable, then yes. But if they are salvageable, she finds homes for hundreds of dogs per year, which is phenomenal. And she doesn’t get paid any more than the other animal control officer did, who just picked them up and put them down.”
Most donations for Jude came in within two days of Petix’s first Facebook post detailed the dog’s plight. Still, Mobley fields emails and requests for updates every day.
On Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, Mobley will put his final touches on Jude’s recovery before handing him over to a Nebraska rescue. The shelter has a veterinarian on staff, which both Mobley and Petix say will be a perfect temporary home before being adopted out to a lucky owner.
“He’s a dynamite kind of a dog,” Mobley said. “Somebody who finally winds up with him is going to have a great friend.”
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