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Boy's pet dog shot in the face at close range, donations sought

Gus is a 2-year-old mixed breed who needs immediate vet care to remove a bullet lodged in his face. He was shot when he wandered off his property near New Philadelphia and onto a neighbor’s. All donations will be helpful.

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A dog who wandered off his property and onto a neighbor’s was critically wounded when the neighbor chose to shoot the animal in the face at close range with a .22 caliber rifle.

The dog’s owner, who asked to remain nameless, was willing to surrender the dog for vet care under the guise of anonymity, according to Operation Warm and Cozy (OWC) director Julie Tripodi. “A friend of the family contacted me on Sunday, Jan. 20 to ask if I could assist in any way,” said Tripodi. “The dog is the pet of a 13-year-old New Philadelphia boy and his mother said she was not going to seek treatment for the dog. The boy is unable to pay for vet care himself and I wasn’t just going to let the dog die out there.”

Because the incident took place outside the city limits and the dog was on private property, the shooter did not break any laws, according to Tripodi. “What I don’t get is why he wouldn’t just call the sheriff,” said Tripodi. “To wound a non-threatening dog and just leave it to die is incomprehensible.”

Tripodi will transport the wounded dog to Alliance where he will receive emergency care from Dr. Jeffrey Baranack. “I will probably be able to get follow up care locally from Oak Point Veterinary Care in Dover, but Dr. Baranack is willing to treat the dog at a discounted rate. Even so, this is going to put our bank account at zero, but that is why we have the account, to help animals in need.”

Tripodi is asking for monetary donations as well as donations of food. Donations can be dropped off at Nutrition Corner, 132 N. Broadway in New Philadelphia. Donations can also be made on the OWC web page at www.operationwarmncozy.com through the organization’s PayPal account or mailed to 3706 Seibert Hill Rd., New Philadelphia 44663.

“Once the dog has been treated I will have to give him back to his owners,” said Tripodi. “I want to give the family the option of allowing me to find a better home for him so he can get better care. This boy loves him but his mom isn’t willing to help him.”

The dog, named Gus, is a 2-year-old German Shepherd brindle boxer mix and has not eaten since Friday. “He is in pain and suffering,” said Tripodi. “I hope my efforts to save him are enough.”

Operation Warm and Cozy is a 501c3 nonprofit public charity organization dedicated to animals and pet owners in need. In addition to emergency intervention and care, they house abused, neglected and owner-surrendered dogs for as long as they need refuge before adoption at their no-kill sanctuary. They can be contacted by phone at 330-364-7190.

Published: January 21, 2013
New Article ID: 2013701219972