The director of a Montana animal shelter got a call before sunrise about an injured dog from an Indian reservation. The poor animal had been shot in the neck with an arrow, nearly hitting his spine. The pooch was lucky to be alive.
Anita Wilke, director of a non-profit called RezQ Dogs near Dodson, got a call in the early morning hours in September 2019, and an associate of hers, with help from members of the Rocky Boy Indian Community, were able to locate and rescue the dog to safety.
The dog, named King, was driven over 100 miles to the Bear Paw Veterinary, where staff tended to his wound, 4KXLF reported. The following day, RezQ Dogs took the pup into their care.
X-rays taken of King’s injury showed that the arrow had missed his spine by mere millimeters. Miraculously, the pup was due to make a full recovery.
After the rescue, Wilke recalled the incident in a message that was posted on Facebook, along with some photographs of King, sharing her gratitude to everyone involved in saving his life. “Thanks to all of you and our rescue family this dog is safe, loved, and on the way to a happy, healthy future,” she wrote.
Not long after, Wilke shared an update on the pooch’s recovery, noting King’s understandable apprehensions about his surroundings starting to melt away.
“For all of you that have been asking, King is doing awesome,” she wrote. “In just about every different situation, this poor boy has been frightened. It is kind of difficult watching such a big, beautiful animal be scared.”
She adds, “King is an absolute sweetheart. He has, for the most part, gotten over his fears. He gives us tail wags and kisses.”
Wilke ended her update assuring everyone that as soon as King is fully healed, they will be looking for a new home for him.
The poor pup’s plight did not go unnoticed on social media, and Wilke’s post garnered nearly 100 comments from people appalled by what happened to the dog.
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One commenter wrote: “God must have a very special mission for this boy because the outcome could have been so much worse. As we all know King will only have the best things life has to offer from now on,”
Another comment read, “Thank you and your angels for saving another beautiful furry soul.”
Thanks to the work of Anita Wilke, those who came to King’s rescue, and the medical staff who treated him, he’s survived his ordeal. And with luck, he will be adopted and find his new loving forever home.