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The Closer A Woman Got To Dog On Roadside, The Angrier She Became

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on June 13, 2024

As animal lovers, it is disturbing to know that anyone would harm a defenseless creature. We spend most of our time cherishing our pets, and the thought that someone would hurt their own is heartbreaking. To make matters worse, there are people who are simply ignorant. Some will encounter a dog in need and just walk by and do nothing. It’s as if the dog has been victimized all over again. Tragically, a young pup became a victim of severe cruelty when he was shot by humans and left to suffer on the roadside. He lay howling in pain for hours, unnoticed by passersby or ignored until a compassionate rescuer discovered him hidden in the grass. Shocked at the severity of his injuries, she realized he was paralyzed, unable to move.


An urgent examination revealed that the pup’s spinal cord was severely damaged, with bleak chances for normal mobility. Overwhelmed with sorrow, the rescuer couldn’t comprehend why someone would harm such an innocent animal. Despite his fears, the dog seemed to understand that help had arrived, showing a sense of calm as the rescuer prepared him for transport to the veterinary clinic.

At the clinic, veterinarians acted swiftly to operate on the young dog, now named Richard, to remove the bullet embedded in his body. The surgery was successful, but it brought devastating news: the likelihood of him walking again was a mere 2%. Determined to support his recovery, his rescuer started him on rehabilitation exercises, including attempts to stand on his hind legs.


Throughout his recovery, Richard faced significant challenges. The trauma of being shot left him anxious and distrustful of humans. Yet, with continuous care and affection from his rescuers and medical team, he began to regain confidence. They introduced water therapy to strengthen his legs and improve his balance, celebrating small victories like Richard standing for a few minutes on his own.

Over the course of 250 days, Richard made remarkable progress. He couldn’t fully walk yet, but his ability to stand and his growing comfort around people and other dogs highlighted the incredible strides he had made. Richard transformed into a sociable dog, forming friendships at the shelter and enjoying the companionship of those around him.


His journey of recovery was a testament to the resilience of the canine spirit and the profound impact of dedicated caregivers. While Richard’s future adoption status remained uncertain, one thing was clear: his rescuers would continue to support him every step of the way, ensuring that his life would be filled with love, care, and hope for the days to come. Click play on the video below to experience Richard’s incredible journey.

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