The pup who is now known as Holly was brought to the shelter last week as a stray who was believed at the time to be hit by a car. The Campbell County Animal Shelter staff took her to UT for evaluation. It was determined there that she wasn’t hit by a car and the initial estimate for her medical treatment was going to be $5500-10,500. An undertaking of that magnitude was something the shelter could not bare financially. The shelter staff brought her back from UT with hydro morphine and had to do some soul searching according to Shelter Director, Patricia Siwinski. Siwinski later stated “We had already reached out to several of our rescue partners asking for help with her but had found no one able to help. We made the sad decision to euthanize her. That evening, we were all struggling with that outcome because she was happy, wiggly, kissy and had such a will to live. At the last minute, one of our rescue partners, Big Fluffy Dog in Nashville got approval to take her into their program. We drove her to them that night.” Later that evening Holly went to an emergency vet for stabilization represented by the rescue. She had an extensive evaluation and it was determined that UT’s opinion that she hadn’t been hit by a car was correct. She had been shot in the face, close range with a 9mm or .38 jacketed hollow point. The Times was sent the photographs but opted not to post those here. The front area of her bottom mouth will never be as it was but she can live a full, quality life and is already making a tremendous recovery.
Some good news is that Holly got her own Christmas miracle as a $1000 reward has now been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot her. Holly has been in the care of Big Fluffy Dog Rescue since last Monday and they have attempted to bring awareness to this story along with WVLT who also did a short story on her last weekend.
The photo posted here is showing Holly in a wire crate in the shelter lobby. The shelter is currently closed to intakes for kennel repair and sealing so they had to temporarily crate her in the lobby for emergency purposes. The Animal Shelter staff is confident that someone knows something about what happened to Holly. She is only 5 months old and very sweet according to shelter staff. Help us find her the perfect family. Please contact Big, Fluffy Dog Rescue in Nashville for any information in regards to adopting Holly and the LaFollette Police Department with any information in regards to her injuries.