When a good Samaritan brought in a dog found limping along Interstate 35W in Alvarado last week, staffers at the Humane Society of North Texas figured that X-rays would show his injury to be consistent with being hit by a car.
To their surprise, they discovered that Tucker, an 11-month-old retriever mix, was suffering from an old gunshot wound that had shattered a femur, the agency said Wednesday.
“Due to the severity of the damage, it is believed that Tucker was shot intentionally and at close range,” agency officials said in a news release.
Tucker was taken to a surgeon who repaired the damage during an operation Monday. He was returned to the Humane Society of North Texas on Wednesday to be placed in a foster home for recuperation. One of the agency’s veterinarians, Dr. Shawn Ashley, said Tucker is expected to regain full use of his leg, although it will be about six weeks before he can be placed in the agency’s adoption program.
Agency officials said they hoped that publicity about the case would help lead to information about who shot the dog.
“HSNT’s mission is not only to save the lives of animals in need, but also to pursue justice for innocent victims,” Executive Director Ann Barnes said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be able to transform Tucker’s life, but we still need the help of our community to find the individual responsible for this callous act.
“The cruelty Tucker has experienced is deplorable,” Barnes said. “It is HSNT’s goal to make certain that this friendly, affectionate dog never again faces the agony and terror he endured in his youth.”
Patrick M. Walker, 817-390-7423
How to help
Anyone with information related to Tucker’s injury is asked to contact the Humane Society of North Texas’ Humane Investigations Team at 817-332-4768, ext. 113.