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Dog survives bullet wound

A husky-mix is recovering from serious injuries after being shot in a rural area near Williams Lake.

The three-year-old dog named Rupert was found with severe injuries to his front leg and was transported to the Williams Lake SPCA Branch for care. The SPCA has launched an animal cruelty investigation into the case.

“Rupert’s leg requires immediate amputation – the bullet entered his leg, shattered the bone and damaged the tendons, ligaments and muscle,” said Liz Dighton, manager of the Williams Lake SPCA. “Unfortunately, because his wounds were already at least a week old when he was found, infection had taken hold of his system. He is currently on antibiotics, and we are confident that with surgery he can live a full and wonderful life.”

Dighton says Rupert is a “big fuzzy teddy bear” who is extremely well behaved and loves everyone he meets.

The estimated cost for Rupert’s surgery is $2,000, plus additional costs for follow-up treatment. A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies mainly on public donations to help British Columbia’s most vulnerable animals.

“Rupert has been through so much - we really want him to have a long and happy life in a loving home,” says Dighton. “We hope that there are animal lovers out there who will help us give this wonderful dog a second chance.”

If you can help Rupert and other animals like him in need at the Williams Lake SPCA, you can donate online at spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or in person at 708 Bond Lake Road.

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