In Virginia, a Labrador Retriever, now named Longshot has shown an incredible will to survive after being shot in the face.
The Labrador was brought to Eastern Shore Animal Hospital last month with severe injuries after someone shot him with a shotgun. His injuries include broken teeth, massive trauma to one eye, and multiple buckshot wounds to his head and body.
The Lab is now well on the way to recovery. Longshot spends his days in the reception area of the hospital. He greets visitors and offer his squeaky toy in the hope that they will play with him.
“He came in familiar with ‘fetch,’ ” said veterinary assistant Jenn Havens.
During a conversation about the Labrador’s chances of recovery, Havens said, “It will be a long shot,” unintentionally giving him his new name. The hospital staff had previously tried more common dog names but he didn’t respond.
Nobody knows who his owner is or the person behind his injuries. An Accomack County deputy brought Longshot to the hospital on Dec. 16 after finding him lying in a ditch, near death. According to neighbors, they heard gunfire the night before. This means the Labrador likely survived the cold night after he was wounded.
“It speaks a lot to how strong he is that he actually survived that incident,” said Dr. Drew Humphries.
When Longshot was brought in, he was basically nonresponsive.
“There was a lot of blood. … To be honest, I did not think he would actually survive,” Humphries said.
He may still have a long road ahead of him, but he has defied the odds and survived. He is yet to receive treatment for heartworms.
On his first days in the hospital, he wouldn’t stand or eat, said veterinary technician Melanie Parker.
“He was obviously in a lot of pain, but it was almost like he was heartbroken, too. … He was just so sad,” Parker said.
Through the animal hospital’s Facebook page, Longshot has gained a large number of admirers. The hospital officially adopted the Lab to continue his treatment. According to them, they have had “at least a dozen” inquiries from people who want to adopt him once he is well enough.
Longshot’s story has warmed the hearts of netizens – raising awareness of both his case and animal abuse in general.
“He’s very popular,” Parker said. “We actually had some people come all the way from Maryland to come visit him,” along with lots of local visitors.
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Source: Delmarva Now