SAN DIEGO -- A dog who was found on the Viejas Indian Reservation with a bullet wound earlier this week was released from the hospital Friday morning and is continuing to recover at the County Animal Services shelter.
The retriever-mix named "Chance" was found Monday on Viejas Grade Road by a woman who spotted the animal from her car. A single bullet had been fired through his torso. County Animal Services officers rushed the dog to the VCA emergency animal hospital in Mission Valley with an unknown prognosis.
Given IV fluids, medicine and kept in an oxygen chamber, the dog improved throughout the week, with X-rays taken Friday showing tremendous improvement in Chance's lungs. Officials say that his prognosis is very good.
Animal Services medical staff will administer daily antibiotics and continue to monitor Chance’s recovery. Although the dog no longer requires oxygen or an IV, he has much healing ahead and wears a fentanyl patch that delivers the pain medication through the skin.
Animal Services is currently investigating the shooting and has no suspect information at this time.
The dog's owner has relinquished the pet animal to County Animal Services, which is providing for the dog’s care through the "Spirit Fund," which is a donation-based fund.
Chance will soon be up for adoption and interested owners should file an application.
San Diego County Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson explains why her staff named the dog Chance:
“We named this dog Chance because we hoped he would have a second chance,” Danielson said. “We’re so pleased that he’s doing so much better. His story has shown how important it is for people to love and care for their pets — and how deeply animals suffer when that doesn’t happen.”
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. San Diego Animal Advocates is offering an additional reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Anyone with information on the identity or location of whoever is responsible for this crime should call San Diego County Animal Services at (619) 236-2341 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.
Left image- Chance's x-ray.