GOOCHLAND, Va. (WWBT) – A female dog from Goochland has a new ‘leash’ after being rescued when she was shot for eating live chickens.
In September, Goochland County Animal Protection called Goochland Pet Lovers with a critically underweight mastiff that had been shot for eating live chickens. Goochland Pet Lovers said the owner of the chickens had the right to shoot and kill the mastiff, now known as the Pearl, under the county code.
Pearl, however, is not dead. Officials said she had “life-threatening injuries including a broken jaw, a tear in the lingual artery, chest penetration including a lung, and abdominal perforation.”
“When Goochland County Animal Protection called, we had to make the quick decision to support life-saving surgeries,” said Goochland Pet Lovers President Dr. Lori Elliott.
After Pearl’s surgery was completed, she stayed at the VRCC for six days before heading to the Goochland County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center for ongoing care.
“She had to be hand-fed with special foods three times a day because she couldn’t chew. She was to receive six medications a day and twice a day, have her external fixator rods cleaned, rebound the device and manage the drain, ”Goochland Pet Lovers said in a statement.
Thanks to a team of employees and volunteers from the community, she was able to regain her health. Pearl has gained over 16 pounds and is even learning the basic commands.
“Pearl will always hold a special place in our hearts,” said Dr. Elliott. “Her positive demeanor and love for life has impacted everyone who has helped her recover and we can’t wait to see her go to a loving home where she will be snuggled up in a big plush bed every night. “
Pearl’s story even caught the attention of the county supervisory board “which is seeking to change the ordinance to prevent this tragedy from happening again, legally.”
Pearl will soon be up for adoption, looking for her “forever” home.
Anyone wishing to help save dogs like Pearl can donate to the Lori L. Elliott Medical Fund at Goochland Pet Lovers, here.
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