A veterinary clinic in suburban Chicago has asked for help in caring for a 6-year-old dog that was shot in the head during a domestic dispute Wednesday.
Chicago police officers found the dog while responding to a well-being check in the 1500 block of West Chase Avenue in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood, police said.
When they arrived at the scene, they found two men dead with apparent gunshot wounds to the body and a dog with wound to the head. Police said the shooting appeared to be domestic-related.
The responding officers transported the dog to an emergency veterinary hospital in Skokie, police said.
BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital said the dog, whose name is Sophie, suffered damage to her skull and jaw and had bullet fragment lodged in her neck and the area around her shoulder.
“Under the circumstances, she is doing quite well,” David Wilson, a veterinary surgeon at the hospital, said in a statement. “We’re mostly concerned about the trauma she sustained to her nervous system. We’ll know more about the extent of her injuries in the coming days. But I’m really impressed with her resiliency.”
Sophie’s care is expected to cost about $10,000. Once she is able to stand, she will need a CT scan, which will require anesthesia.
“When she first arrived, our goals were to assess her for immediate life-threatening injury, such as bleeding. Now we want to protect her from shock and the effects of possible brain swelling,” said Wilson. “She has a long road to recovery, but so far, she’s off to a great start.”
Donations are being collected for Sophie through Frankie’s Friends charitable pet foundation.