Rush Springs Family Stays Hopeful After Dog Was Shot In The Mouth
RUSH SPRINGS, Oklahoma - A family in Rush Springs said they are searching for answers and hope after their 7-month-old puppy showed up bloody on their porch, and the reason why may give you chills.
Five months ago Colt and Brooke Smith fell in love with a two-month-old Siberian husky.
They named her Shadow, which is exactly what she became to their 10-month-old son.
"You could not ask for better with him, I mean he can crawl all over her," said Brooke Smith, Shadow's owner.
But instead of running the plains with the horses at the Smiths' home, Shadow remained sedated at the veterinary clinic.
"Blood was just everywhere," said Brooke.
It was Shadow's blood staining that moment for Brooke when she found her dog bloody on their front porch.
Hoping for innocence, the Smiths assumed the jovial Shadow just got too close to one of their horses. So they took her to the vet.
"I remember I just stopped talking and I hung up the phone," said Brooke.
The vet told them Shadow had been shot with no entry or exit wound. The doctor said the shooter had to have held the gun in Shadow's mouth when pulling the trigger. The bullet and all its fragments were still in Shadow.
"No dog deserves to be shot and left to die. I think they literally just wanted her to suffer," said Brooke.
"It's actually broken in multiple places," said Jaqueline Nobles with Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners.
Dr. Jaqueline Nobles cared for Shadow in Oklahoma City before a surgery that is estimated to cost more than $3,000, an amount the Smith's just don't have right now.
"Our goal is to get her back to normal," said Dr. Nobles.
"She doesn't deserve to be put down, she didn't ask somebody to shoot her in her jaw," said Brooke.
Hoping for a Christmas miracle, the Smiths have set up a GoFundMe account for the surgery.
But they also want to make Shadow an example of strength because Shadow was the second dog shot on the Smiths' street in less than a week.
"There's no way a human can imagine that kind of pain and she was still wagging her tail," said Brooke.
And then just maybe the Smiths can bring her home so their son can be with his shadow once again.
"That is a family member, that's just not acceptable," said Brooke.
Thanks to the outpouring support, in less than 24 hours the family has received more than the $3,000 needed for Shadow's surgery.