Shoestring Tied Around Dying Dog's Neck, X-Ray Reveals Countless Pellets Shot into Body


The Houston community has rallied around a lovable dog named Gus, who nearly lost his life at the hands of human abusers.

One look at his doggy face is all it takes for hearts to swell with love for the pooch while simultaneously burn with anger toward his abusers.

By the time Gus was rescued, he was nearly dead.

According to KHOU-TV, Gus had been sadly wandering around a Houston, Texas, apartment complex with a dangerously swollen head and an open wound on his neck from a shoestring embedded deep into his body.

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Shockingly, apartment residents reported seeing Gus in the life-threatening condition for approximately one year — yet nobody sought help.

“For however long, nobody did anything for him and he got to that condition,” said Anna Barbosa with Houston K-911 Rescue.

Once Gus was rescued by K-911, x-rays revealed the dog was also suffering from pellet gun wounds all over his body.

“I can’t even begin to imagine the depth of suffering this dog has endured,” K-911 Rescue posted on their Facebook page.

But thanks to a stellar medical team and the donations from kindhearted people around the country, Gus is looking like a whole new dog.

Gus has had surgeries, wound care and, importantly, love and care from compassionate humans.

Veterinary technician Marina Harrison, who helped take care of Gus, said he’s showing amazing signs of healing both physically and emotionally.

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“He loves physical attention and has started jumping up, he’s wagging his tail,” she said.

Gus got to go home with Harrison as a foster dog, and soon learned what it meant to share a warm, cozy house with fur-siblings.

Harrison smiled as she described how Gus enjoys his status as “spoiled,” and manages to wriggle his way into the center of the doggy bed with his siblings.

Gus now has his own Facebook page, Gus’ Journey, where viewers can stay updated on his health status and donate to help Gus and his fellow shelter friends.

Gus isn’t ready for a forever home just yet, but when the day comes, we hope the perfect family is ready and waiting.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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