‘Chance’ the Dog Meets New Family

After an extremely competitive selecting process, a dog found shot on the side of a East County road finally met his new family. Chance, a golden retriever mix, was adopted by the Cavenaugh family Wednesday.

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Chance had a bullet wound on his torso, which appeared to have pierced his lungs. X-Rays of Chance showed that the bullet was just half-an-inch away from puncturing his heart and killing him almost instantly.
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Dr. Cauble reviews Chance's latest X-rays with him. Had the bullet which punctured the dog's lungs strayed a half-inch up or down, it would have cut his Aorta of Vena Cava, and he would have bled to death in less than a minute, according to a post on the County Animal Services' Facebook.
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The Cavenaugh family meets Chance.
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"When we got the call, we were excited," said Sean Cavenaugh next to his wife and two kids. "We've been excited all week."
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Finn Cavenaugh gives Chance a belly rub.
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Chance the dog meets with the media after visiting with his new family.
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It looks like Chance will be in no shortage of belly rubs now.
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Chance and his new best friend.
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