Puppy Found With 70 Shotgun Pellets Lodged in Her Body, Recovering Thanks to Humane Society

December 14, 2020 Updated: December 21, 2020

When a wounded dog was brought in to the San Antonio Humane Society, the staff were horrified when, upon taking an X-ray, they found over 70 shotgun pellets scattered inside her body.

Veterinarians also noted injuries consistent with being hit by a car.

Fortunately, the 9-month-old retriever, who has been dubbed “Tammi,” is well on her way to recovery. The Humane Society is searching for a home for her, and they’re hopeful she’ll have a new forever family in time for the holidays.

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(San Antonio Humane Society)
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(San Antonio Humane Society)

“Tammi needs a fun-loving and caring home,” Dr. Traci Gilbert, SAHS associate veterinarian, said in a statement on Facebook. “Considering everything she went through, she is such a sweet girl. She is young and a bit shy, but I am sure she would love an active family once she gets her strength back.”

After arriving at the shelter on Nov. 2, Tammi underwent surgery and a month of physical therapy.

“The sweet pup underwent a specialized surgical procedure in our new Leeu Naylor Medical Building to repair her pelvis fracture and restore her mobility,” the Humane Society wrote. “Following her surgery, Tammi was sent to a loving foster home to recover.”

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(San Antonio Humane Society)

According to PetMD, the majority of dogs do not survive being hit by a car. Tammi was fortunate to have the attention of such dedicated veterinarians and care providers to aid in her recovery.

“After a month of rest and much-needed love and care, Tammi is now stronger and ready to find her forever home,” the group wrote.

Though she is ready for a forever home, Tammi will also need a family who can support her physical therapy and rehabilitation needs.

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(San Antonio Humane Society)

“She will still need some rehab to strengthen her leg muscles, which includes short leash walks and stretches,” the Humane Society added.

Adoption candidates can apply to be Tammi’s new human parents on the Humane Society website, just in time to surprise the family for the holidays.

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