Shot Dog on the Mend, Vets Say

Care for wounded golden retriever mix recovering steadily

By Lauren Steussy
|  Friday, Feb 24, 2012  |  Updated 12:38 PM PDT
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Chance, pictured here, is in the care of the County Tuesday.

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A dog named Chance will have a second chance at life now that veterinarians have nursed him back to health.

A driver spotted the golden retriever mix Monday morning on Viejas Grande Rd. and called Animal Services. Chance had a bullet wound on his torso, which appeared to have pierced his lungs.

Chance was transported to the animal hospital, but has since been moved to the county animal shelter. Veterinarians say his x-rays show steady improvement.

With the help of IV fluids, medications and an oxygen-rich chamber, Chance is on the mend, veterinarians said Friday.

Chance's owner came forward Tuesday night and said he did not wish to keep Chance, and the county took over care, according to Animal Services.

Now, Crimestoppers and San Diego Animal Advocates are offering a $3,000 reward for information about the person who shot him.

Veterinarians placed him in an oxygen-rich kennel while his lungs heal from the gun wound.

You can make a donation to the "Spirit Fund" with Animal Services by visiting their website here.

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