Gus, a 2-year-old boxer/shepherd mix, made the mistake of wandering into a neighbors yard last Friday just outside of New Philadelphia. The error was almost deadly as the neighbor shot him in the face with a .22 from about 10 feet away. By Sunday, he still had not been treated for his wounds so Julie Tripodi of Operation Warm & Cozy stepped in to help.
Gus’s owner allowed Tripodi to take Gus for treatment on Monday and also agreed to surrender him for adoption. Tripodi took the dog Monday to West End Animal Hospital in Alliance, where it received emergency care from Dr. Jeffrey Baranack. The bullet was left in the snout because they feared removing it might cause internal injuries. Gus is recovering now, and is on antibiotics.
Now Gus needs help to pay for his treatment. The cost of his treatment and care is expected to exceed $1000 and donations can be made through Operation Warm & Cozy. Gus also needs a loving home now that he has been surrendered. “We have a dog who needs an immediate foster family,” said Tripodi. “He’ll be neutered and vaccinated. He’s a great dog and is house trained.” For information on fostering or adopting Gus go to adoptions and help Gus the life he deserves.