JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local dog is being treated at the Jacksonville Humane Society after being shot in the face.
The dog is a 1-year-old lab mix named Moe.
"It's sad to know people in the community can be so cruel and so intentionally inflict pain on a defenseless animal," said Jacksonville Humane Society Executive Director Denise Deisler.
"Moe lost a lot of blood, but he was very lucky because the shot just missed his eye, grazing his face and landing in his upper arm," said Dr. Jennifer Broadhurst, JHS shelter medical director. "Despite the pain, Moe was very sweet as we examined the extensive damage to his muscles and bone. We bandaged his wounds and will most likely need to amputate his leg once he is stable."
Neighbors on Anvil Road in Arlington called police after hearing a gunshot followed by a dog yelping.
Officers found a large pool of blood in the street and followed the blood trail. They discovered Moe lying near the side of a house.
An Animal Care and Protective Services officer brought Moe to the Humane Society for treatment.
"It's rewarding. He's in an immense amount of pain, and I know we can make it better," said Dr. Christian Broadhurst with the Jacksonville Humane Society.
"Because of our partnership with ACPS, we are caring for more and more injured and abused animals at our hospital," added Deisler. "It costs hundreds of dollars to care for animals like Moe, but we are determined to give them the medical care they need and deserve."
No arrests have been made in this case. Moe will stay at the Jacksonville Humane Society until he recovers.
To donate toward the care of animals like Moe, visit the humane society's website
or call (904) 725-8766.