Golden Retriever Survives Being Shot 6 Times: Dog Recovering
At Medina Animal Hospital
NewsNet5.com, September 6, 2005
Medina, Ohio -- A golden retriever
that had been shot six times is recovering now after being
rescued in Portage County, NewsChannel5 reported. At first
glance, "Ryder" may seem like an ordinary, playful and
loving golden retriever, but a closer look reveals a
battered and bruised dog. After Ryder was picked up as a
stray in Ravenna Township over, it was discovered that the
dog had been shot multiple times.
Tracie Tsai, a volunteer with Golden Retrievers In Need (G.R.I.N.),
said the dog was taken to the Stow-Kent Animal Hospital,
where veterinarians removed two bullets. The Portage County
Humane Society also helped in the rescue effort. It appears
that the other bullets either passed through the dog, or
just grazed him. Tsai said she was astounded by Ryder's
spirit, even after being wounded in such a horrible way.
At this time, no one has come forward claiming they've lost
their dog, and the Portage County sheriff has no leads on
what actually happened. Ryder is now in the care of the
Tender Loving Care Animal Hospital in Medina, where he is
getting much needed rest and relaxation.
December 2005 Update (from Tracie Tsai -
Ryder was adopted by his foster home and is doing great. He
was such a great dog they fell in love with him. He suffered
nerve damage on his left side of his face due to one of the
bullet entry points. So due to the nerve damage he is blind
in that eye and is unable to blink or close his eye lid. The
adoptive home has been applying drops to the left eye 4
times daily to keep it moisturized but due to not being able
to see he keeps bumping it into things and it has become
very irritated. After discussing with a veterinarian their
options, they have decided removing the left eye would be
the best thing. So they have scheduled an appointment for
January 2006. Other than the eye problem, all of his other
wounds have healed and he is very happy and healthy. It was
a remarkable story and he truly has the "golden" spirit.
Here are some photos of
Ryder since his adoption.