Dog found shot, left to die

Dog found shot, left to die
(Source: Caruthersville Humane Society)
(Source: Caruthersville Humane Society)

HAYTI, MO (KAIT) - A Region 8 humane society wants to know who shot a dog and left it to die.

A Wardell resident found the one-year-old dog this past weekend suffering from a gunshot to its rear leg, according to an email from the Caruthersville Humane Society (CHS) in Hayti.

According to the email, the .22 caliber bullet broke the dog's leg, requiring surgery to fix it.

The person who found the dog said they would keep and care for the pup, but asked CHS for help in getting it much-needed medical care. CHS agreed to pay for the animal's veterinarian expenses.

"We feel she is going to recover and become a great companion for the family that save her," said Karol Wilcox, president of CHS. "But we are distress by the shooting."

State law allows a person who encounters a dog that is off its property and aggressive to defend themselves. But, Wilcox doubts the pup was a threat.

"I find it hard to believe that this small dog was aggressing," Wilcox said. "She has a very gentle disposition, even while injured. And, she was shot in the back leg."

CHS is seeking information from anyone who might have been in the Wardell area and saw anything related to the shooting.

To report any information or to help pay for the veterinarian bills, which Wilcox says are "soaring," call (573) 359-0113.

Donations can also be made by check to

P.O. Box 525
Hayti, MO 63851

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