Chicago Police officers Eugene Shields and Steven Ommundson of the 024th District responded to the 4:50 p.m. shooting on Chicago’s north side and found the dog, whose name is Sophie. The quick-thinking officers rushed her to BluePearl, where she received emergency care.
Dr. David Wilson, a board-certified veterinary surgeon, credits the officers with saving the dog’s life. Although Sophie is weak and showing signs of neurological trauma, she is able to stand up on her own and can walk with assistance from caregivers.
“Under the circumstances, she is doing quite well,” said Wilson. “We’re mostly concerned about the trauma she sustained to her nervous system. We’ll know more about the extent of her injuries in the coming days. But I’m really impressed with her resiliency.”
In addition to the damage to her skull, Sophie also suffered injuries to her jaw, and bullet fragments are lodged in her neck and the area around her shoulder.
Wilson said Sophie will rest and regain her strength for the next day or so. When she is stable, she will undergo a CT scan, which requires anesthesia. The scan will give Wilson better insight into the nature of her injuries and whether surgery will be necessary.
“When she first arrived, our goals were to assess her for immediate life-threatening injury, such as bleeding. Now we want to protect her from shock and the effects of possible brain swelling,” said Wilson. “She has a long road to recovery, but so far, she’s off to a great start.”