LOUISVILLE, Ky., – A German shepherd was flown to Louisville for emergency treatment at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets after she was found with a gunshot wound to the head and a severed tail.
One of BluePearl’s board-certified surgeons, Dr. Patricia Sura, operated on the dog Tuesday night to remove her right eye and a substantial portion of the right side of her face due to the damage. Further treatment will continue Wednesday, and her prognosis is guarded.
The dog was found wandering in Prestonburg, Kentucky, where Good Samaritans took her to a local veterinarian for treatment. After identifying the extent of the injuries, members of The Arrow Fund were notified, and they coordinated an emergency medical evacuation to Louisville by airplane for the dog, now named Cello.
The Arrow Fund is accepting donations for her care. Anyone interested in donating can donate by clicking here.
The Prestonburg Police Department is actively investigating the case. Anyone with information related to the case is urged to contact them at 606.886.1010.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 1,800 team members including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.
***Extremely graphic photos can be seen at The Arrow Fund’s Facebook page by clicking here.***