In an amazing display of canine fortitude, an 8-month-old stray dog not only survived being shot 5 times, but managed to be upbeat and friendly while reeling from his life-threatening injuries.The dog, now being called Frank after St. Francis of Assisi (patron saint of animals), was discovered nursing his myriads injuries
on April 23rd in Chester, PA. The police were in the area responding to a report of shots fired. When they arrived on the scene, they noticed a trail of blood leading up to the porch where Frank was recuperating.
Visibly injured, the police approached Frank with caution. However, their concerns were quickly nullified. “He wagged his tail and licked my hands, the friendliest dog in the world,” said officer Nolan.As nice as Frank was, the officers were still very worried about getting him to a vet in time. Frank was escorted to a 24-hour emergency vet by a local animal advocate and member of Justice Rescue
, Russell Wayne Harper - better known as Wolf. “Wolf always comes out, no matter the time,” said Nolan.“When I first saw him, I didn’t think he was going to make it through the night,” said Wolf. And he wasn’t far off the mark. When they arrived at the hospital
, Frank was immediately rushed into the OR where he underwent an hours' long surgery. It was only then that the full extent of Frank's injuries were uncovered - a ruptured stomach, perforated intestines, and a shattered paw. One of the bullets removed from Frank
To make matters worse, during the surgery
, it was discovered that at least one of the bullets was a .40 caliber, meaning that Frank was shot by at least two guns.Based on the crime scene, the event likely went down like this:Frank was walking down the sidewalk when he was shot multiple times. He then walked up to a number of homes, trying to take refuge. Eventually, he found shelter on the porch where the police found him.While the shooters are still at large, a $1,000 reward has been issued for anyone who can provide useful information regarding the coward, or cowards, who shot this sweet, defenseless dog and left him to die. If you have any information regarding the shooting, please contact the Chester police at 610-447-7908.Source & Photos from http://www.ldnews.com/local/ci_28050793/miracle-dog-mixed-breed-terrier-bouncing-back-after