Tacoma shelter dealing with 10 dogs in crisis, including bulldog shot 3 times, abandoned puppies

TACOMA, Wash. — The Tacoma Humane Society is caring for ten dogs who were either abandoned or severely injured and brought to the shelter in just the last few days.

One of the dogs, Shiner, a four-month-old puppy, was brought in with a laceration to his neck and an eye injury.

“Right now our team is just making sure his pain level is as low as possible,” Lindsey Heaney, of the Tacoma Humane Society, said.

She told KIRO 7 that Shiner’s neck injury was from a collar that was too tight. She also said his eye had become infected.

“We’re going to be using a specialized medical tool, light therapy to help regenerate the skin and neck,” she said. “And they’re trying to minimize the infection in the eye.”

A litter of eight puppies was also brought in after they were left abandoned in a box at a park in Bonney Lake.

“They arrived rather cold,” Heaney said. “The temperatures were definitely on the colder side when they were found so our biggest priority was warming them up, making sure we could get them at a good temperature and they’re now doing well in foster homes.”

A tenth dog, Daisy, was also brought in with three gunshot wounds.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said the neighbor who shot her alleges that she charged at him. That person is not facing animal cruelty charges because he was defending himself.

“Of course that caused a lot of pain for her to have that severe wounds as well as due to shots to the face she has a fractured jaw and broken teeth,” Heaney said.

Daisy will also likely have to have complicated surgery to remove one of the bullets that’s still lodged in her shoulder.

“We have a bullet lodged in her shoulder still,” Heaney said. “We’re here for those pets and we see cases like that on a weekly basis of neglect, abuse, they haven’t had food for some time.”

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