Shepherd puppy found shot in back legs slowly recovering at rescue in Florida

Shepherd puppy found shot in back legs slowly recovering at rescue in Florida

Zeke weighed only 18 pounds when he was found abandoned and left to die. He should weigh twice that much. Meanwhile Zeke will have to get stronger before he is strong enough to undergo surgery to repair one of his legs and possibly amputate the other.

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There are no leads as yet on Tuesday of the culprit who shot an emaciated four-month-old golden shepherd puppy in the back legs and abandoned him along a country road in Crawfordville, Fla.

Shepherd puppy found shot in back legs slowly recovering at rescue in Florida

This adorable four-month-old puppy was shot in the back legs with a rifle and left to die along a road in Wakulla County, Fla.

According to Tuesday's ABC27News, Cauzican Rescue has taken over the puppy's care. Now named Zeke, Dr. Guhrt has been treating the pup for gun shot wounds to his back legs, When found by Wakulla County Animal Control, Zeke was dragging himself using his front legs. Zeke was also full of ticks and fleas which added to his weakened physical condition.

At this time, Zeke isn't strong enough for surgery. Dr. Guhrt of the Crawfordville Animal Hospital, stated the puppy may have one of his legs amputated because of the severe bone loss from the high caliber gun shots.

The Cauzican Rescue, a 501c3 non-profit located near Tallahassee raised the initial $1,500 needed for Zeke's immediate medical services. The group has expanded their goal since his future surgery and care will be extensive.

An update on Zeke's condition Tuesday evening stated:

"There have been no arrests at this time. Zeke will be saved. He has a good appetite and is slowly gaining weight. His left leg must be amputated due to the bones being shattered from the gunshot. The bone in the right leg is broken in two. The surgery can't be done until he is strong enough. He only weighed 18 lbs. when he arrived at the vet clinic. That is half of what he should have weighed for his age and breed. His bandages are getting changed on a daily basis, and he must be sedated for this procedure due to the pain."

Absolutely no one who loves and respects animals can understand the cruelty involved in this tragic situation.

Florida has recently passed legislation strengthening Florida's animal cruelty laws and increasing penalties up to $10,000 for misdemeanor and felony convictions. Governor Rick Scott is expected to sign the bill which will take effect at the beginning of July.

Meanwhile Zeke continues to heal slowly. If you know anything about the person who abandoned or shot this dog, you are encouraged to call Wakulla County Animal Control at (850)-926-0902.

If you would like to donate to Zeke's recovery, you may donate at , through PayPal at, through mail by check or money order mailed to Cauzican Care, Inc. 245 Kenneth Circle, Crawfordville, FL 32327, or donations can be phoned in directly to Crawfordville Animal Hospital at 850-926-2089.

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