Dog shot near Alexandria is on the mend

Dog shot near Alexandria is on the mend

The dog, a feminine lab blend briefly named Alma, will undergo surgery to close a shotgun wound in coming days if she can grow more than enough nutritious tissue.

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A dog who experienced the worst of human cruelty is now basking in appreciate and aid from an military of pet lovers as she mounts a spirited recovery. 

The pup, a woman black lab blend who at least briefly is becoming identified as Alma, was found alongside a point out highway very last week near Garfield, a modest community just outside the house Alexandria. Fantastic Samaritans Mike Justice and his good friend believed she experienced been struck by a auto and rushed her to a nearby vet clinic. There, they acquired Alma experienced instead been specific with a shotgun. 

In the times considering that her rescue Alma has been battling to recover from a really serious open up wound on her shoulder, though a fund established to pay for her treatment has ballooned to practically $6,500. Justice and his spouse Melissa have played a key role in this comeback story, and are even now stunned at her development. 

“She is accomplishing really well, looking at,” Melissa Justice shared with KARE 11. “Her overall body temp did not even sign-up on the thermometer when they introduced her into the vet. They have been giving her remedies to heal the necrotic tissue on her wound. Until finally there is ample healthful tissue, they won’t be in a position to close up the wound. They are hoping for surgical procedures late this week but potentially subsequent 7 days.”

Justice suggests there continues to be a danger of an infection, but symptoms remain extremely optimistic. In actuality, the couple has now found an adoptive dwelling for Alma when she receives out of the vet clinic, most likely a number of weeks from now. She maintains that she and Mike will proceed as the dog’s godparents, and have been promised “loads of visits.” 


“Our religion in men and women was shattered when we discovered out it was a close-variety shotgun wound,” she wrote, but also displays that the subsequent outpouring of assistance and enjoy for Alma has turned a awful story into “the restoration of our religion in humanity.”

The fund set up to pay back for Alma’s vet care has reached its goal, and more donations will be shared with Bailey’s Hope, an business that gives relief for animal health-related treatment for rescues and very low-money people in have to have. 

Authorities continue on to examine the incident and are inquiring anyone who recognizes Alma or understands who might be liable for capturing her to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Workplace at 320-762-8151.  

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