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Dog found shot; BARCS seeks donations for his care

The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter is seeking donations after taking in a dog that was shot in the leg.

BARCS wrote in a Facebook post Thursday that a woman brought in the blue pit bull this week after she found him wrapped in a blanket on the side of the road. He was bleeding.

“Her initial thought was that he had been hit by a car, but thought again when she saw the circular wound on his front leg,” BARCS wrote.

The dog, which BARCS has named Charlie, was crying and unable to walk, so the woman picked up the dog, placed him in her minivan and brought him to BARCS, where veterinarians examined him and sent to him to the emergency room.

“He was gentle, trusting and giving little kisses to every hand and arm that neared his face,” BARCS wrote, but X-rays determined what BARCS had feared: Someone shot Charlie, shattering the bone in his leg.

“We were shocked. What kind of person would shoot a dog and leave him on the side of the road to die?” the shelter wrote.

BARCS wrote that Charlie is being cared for at one of their partnering clinics.

Bailey Deacon, BARCS director of communications, said on Friday that the bullet has been removed but Charlie will need reconstructive surgery.

The animal shelter is seeking donations for Charlie through their Franky Fund, which has helped save nearly 700 animals and assists in the life-saving care of injured, sick and abused animals in the city “with extraordinary medical needs and emergencies.”

BARCS also wrote that there is an investigation regarding Charlie and encouraged people with any tips to file a report with Baltimore Police and the Baltimore City Animal Control using the Baltimore 311 hotline. The line is open 24 hours, seven days a week, and callers can remain anonymous.

A Baltimore police spokesman confirmed on Friday that detectives are investigating the shooting, which they say occurred Monday night.

“We know that it is difficult to read about injured and abused animals, especially those victims of extreme violence involving guns. It's hard for us too — we never get ‘used to’ the things we see each day at BARCS. We thank each and every one of you who support our shelter so that we can save animals like Charlie,” BARCS wrote.

To donate, visit BARCS’ donation page here. To ensure your donation goes to Charlie, select “Franky Fund” when entering in the donation fields, and in the “Dedicate Your Gift” section, enter his name: “Charlie.”

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