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This dog’s life of misery after being shot in the head is over and our hearts are smiling

A dog who haunted his rescuers’ dreams is recovering after being shot in the head and left for dead. St. Louis Stray Rescue was alerted to Lil Gus Gus after he was found in a rural area of Missouri. The Rescue tells the story of how Lil Gus ended up in their custody. They write: “The person who found him saw that he had been shot in the head. He was malnourished, thin, covered in scabs and needed help. She didn’t know what to do with him , but she knew she couldn’t leave him (aka the HERO!).

The animal handler took the items from there and contacted Cassady at Stray Rescue of St. Louis asking, “Can you help him?” The bullet went through his head, but he will survive if we can get him help. He’s such a nice boy. I know I ask you this all the time, but you’re the only one who says yes every time.”

dog life misery shot head is over
Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Stray Rescue writes: “Cassady looked at the photos. She noticed how thin he was. He is also full of fleas, has bad skin and his teeth are damaged. This dog was in a living nightmare, unable to escape the pain or the parasites on his own. That’s when Cassady said, ‘Bring me that baby.'”

Stray Rescue reports that the carrier was so relieved that she texted Stray Rescue: “I had no idea what I was going to do to him, but I wasn’t going to let him suffer there. I knew that somehow we would find a solution. I stepped on him until you said “I’ll take him.” I’m literally crying tears of happiness!

dog life misery shot head is over
Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Lil Gus Gus arrived at the shelter and we had to get him out of the crate. But soon he was wagging his tail and blowing kisses to his rescuers. His rescuers immediately panicked.

“We say it all the time. The nicest, most trusting dogs are often put down because they are the ones who approach anyone,” the rescue team wrote on Facebook. “That dog. And his pennant. And the way they stick to his lips…he already has us all wrapped so tightly around his paw.”

Once inside their shelter, they began treating his infection. They cleaned his wound and immediately gave him antibiotics and painkillers. X-rays revealed that the bullet fortunately did not rupture the skull. Part of the bullet fragment is lodged in the dog’s skull, but it will stay there as it should not cause any problems.

A week later, Gus Gus’ rescuers received the wonderful news that his infection was under control.

“Our doctor said he has officially resolved the issue and will make a full recovery,” Stray Rescue shares in an update.

dog life misery shot head is over
Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Stray Rescue takes regular medicated baths to treat his sarcoptic mange and is getting better and better.

Although Gus Gus looks like an old dog, he is only about two years old. His rescuers are now looking for a foster home for him where he will continue his recovery.

dog life misery shot head is over
Stray Rescue of St. Louis

To learn more about Gus Gus and donate to his care, visit: www.strayrescue.org/gusgus

Date of birth: September 21, 2023

Lil Gus Gus has found a forever home with his stepmom!

Stray Rescue shared, “Lil Gus Gus’ adoptive mother couldn’t bear the thought of him ever living with someone else. What he thought was his foster home is now his forever home and he couldn’t be happier! This was her first time hiring a contractor, but we think it’s a happy ending. Lil Gus Gus came to us needing immediate medical attention after being shot in the head. Yes, you read that right. Fortunately for him, the bullet entered from the front, bounced off his skull and exited from the back without causing a fracture. He also suffered from a serious infection as well as a skin infection. Now he is happy, healthy and a family man!

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