Corgi shot in the head survives and finds care at PSPCA Main Line Animal Rescue
Brave and valiant like the legendary king, a little corgi named Arthur who was shot in the head but managed to survive on his own for days is now alive and thriving thanks to his overwhelming willpower and the SPCA’s Main Line Animal Rescue. Pennsylvania in Chester County.
On July 14, Arthur crawled under the fence of a family farm in New Holland, Lancaster County. The owners of the property, Grace Herbert, co-founder and president of find sheltera volunteer relief organization, which brought Arthur to the PSPCA branch Main Line Animal Rescue in Phoenixville on July 18, said Herbert and Nicole Wilson, PSPCA director of humane law enforcement and shelter operations.
When he arrived, Arthur had a large wound on his forehead, was covered in fleas, had ear infections, and was also anemic.
At first it was thought that the gaping wound on Arthur’s head, which was covered in discharge and debris, might have been caused when he slipped under the farmhouse fence.
But when he was sedated and the wound cleaned, Alicia Royer, Main Line Animal Rescue’s PSPCA vet, found something much more nefarious at the heart of Arthur’s wound.
“When I was mowing and cleaning I realized what it was and it was kind of awful,” Royer said. “I felt like it was a gunshot based on the circular pattern of the wound and the raised edges.”
X-rays confirmed that Arthur had been shot. Miraculously, the bullet missed his brain, but it fragmented into countless pieces, which remain lodged in his jawbone to this day, Royer said.
Arthur was treated with antibiotics, painkillers, wound cleanings and ointments to seal the hole in his head, through which air had painfully escaped when he breathed.
“Fortunately for him, it’s been a little over a week and it’s healing really, really well,” Royer said. “He’s such a happy guy. The second day after he woke up from anesthesia he was giving us his adorable little butt moves. He’s a pusher and an actor.
Royer hopes Arthur makes a full recovery, but the remaining bullet fragments in his head may need to be removed if they cause problems later.
Today, Arthur returns to Main Line Animal Rescue, where he feasts like a king on chicken nuggets and the undying adoration of the staff. He is fully mobile and loves running around the rescue yard.
Meanwhile, investigators The PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement Team worked hard to try to figure out what happened to Arthur.
Wilson said investigators were able to track down Arthur’s owners, who live on a farm a short drive from where he was found. The owners, who have a small kennel on their property, were trying to transition their only male, 8-year-old Arthur, from a breeding dog to a farm dog who ran off onto the property, Wilson said.
“Unfortunately, as many dogs often do, he didn’t stay on his own property,” she said. “At that time, he disappeared. The owners had apparently contacted neighbors to ask if they had seen him, but they could not find him.
Wilson said Arthur’s original owners, who were “distressed” when they learned what had happened to him, have been ruled out as suspects in his shooting. Given his state of health, the owners decided to deliver Arthur to the PSPCAshe says.
“They realize the best situation at this point is that he can find a forever home through our organization,” Wilson said.
Given Arthur was found relatively close to his home, Wilson said it was very likely someone in the area shot him, although the reasoning behind why they did so remains. blurry. But whoever shot Arthur intended to kill him, Wilson said.
“It was a close range shot,” she said. “Based on the location of the wound, they had a rough idea of the proper location to shoot a dog, they just didn’t do it accurately.”
Wilson said that if Arthur moved at the last minute, the gun slipped, or the person didn’t know the trajectory the shot should take, Arthur was lucky he survived.
“All the stars have aligned for this little guy,” she said.
Investigators are still working on the case and exploring the area where Arthur was found, hoping to identify his shooter.
“Obviously someone knows what happened and hopefully if they see the story someone will contact us,” Wilson said. “The nature of this case, it wasn’t a dog attacking something and they were arresting this dog in the act. This wound shows someone nearby attempting to kill this dog.
Anyone with information about Arthur’s shooting is asked to call the PSPCA Human Law Enforcement Team at 866-601-SPCA.
The PSPCA is accepting donations for Arthur’s care and medical bills at pspca.org/arthur or via Venmo at @pspca. Anyone interested in adopting Arthur can contact the Main Line Animal Rescue to [email protected]