A stray dog definitely had a rough life before he was found roaming on a dairy farm. Now the Labrador mix dog with broken leg and gunshot wounds has a chance at a happy life.
Bodi is a yellow Labrador mix found five weeks ago with a broken leg. After a trip to the vet, his new owner’s found out that the dog also had gunshot wounds.
“Initially it was Buddy, but we thought it is a little too common so we gave it a little twist and named him Bodi,” said Dianne Zarate his new owner.
Bodinow looks like any other dog — happy, healthy, and full of love. But that wasn’t the case about a month ago.
“He had a slight limp so we knew that we had to take him to the vet,” Dianne said.
Dianne and her partner, Cameron Gibbs, were introduced to Bodi when Gibbs’ dad found him on his dairy farm.
“We instantly fell in love with him,” Dianne said.
They could tell he was in bad condition. He has a swollen right hind leg and a limp when he walked.
“Initially we didn’t know that he had any of the things that he had wrong with him, we just thought that his leg was hurt,” Dianne said.
Later that weekend, Dianne and Cameron took Bodi to the vet and were shocked at how bad his condition actually was.
“When we saw the X-rays we were pretty disgusted with the fact that he had a broken femur and was shot and still had bullets inside him,” Dianne added.
Bodiwas shot with two different weapons – a .22 caliber and a shotgun.
“I think because I’m an animal lover, it doesn’t fit in my head how somebody could do something like that,” she said.
The couple were told the Labrador needed surgery fast – and fast.
“We just thought of the game plan and contacted the Kern County Animal Services,” she said.
When Maggie Kalar of Kern Animal services heard Bodi’s story, she enrolled the dog in their foster to adopt program and called the Friends of Kern County Animal Foundation for additional help.
“They have a fund called Lacey’s Fund for animals just like Bodi’s situation,” Maggie said. “What this fund does is allow these animals get the medical treatment they need, and they’re able to be placed in either rescue, foster, or adoptive home so they can heal.”
With the help of the Kern County Animal Services, the Friends of Kern County Animal Foundation, the Kern County Humane Society, a GoFundMe page, enough money was for Bodi’s surgery.
It’s been a week since the surgery andBodi is now on the road to recovery.
“It’s like you don’t have to necessarily communicate with them verbally but just having them there, knowing that they love you unconditionally, that makes it all worth it,” Dianne said.
Although the Labrador was microchipped, the details were out of date. Bodi’s new owners still don’t know who abused the dog but they are happy to provide him with a new loving home.