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Dog makes miraculous recovery from gunshot wounds

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KENNETT, MO (KAIT) -

A dog who nearly lost its life to gunshot wounds found in Bragg City is expected to recover fully.

Jude, known as the miracle dog at the Kennett Veterinary Clinic, was shot, possibly by a duck hunter.

A Bragg City resident found Jude in excruciating pain a little over a week ago suffering from his wounds.

Tena Petix with the Kennett Humane Department rescued the dog and immediately took him to Dr. Everett Mobley.

Jude spent several days at the veterinarians office, fighting for his life.

On Wednesday, Region 8 News visited Jude to see how his recovery was coming along.

Dr. Mobley said he is doing much better, every day he is improving.

We spent a long time cleaning the wounds, Mobley said. The wounds were pretty large. They were very wide open, very infected and very dirty. His healing is progressing. We put drainage tubes in so you dont have accumulation of fluid inside there.

Jude was up and playing with everyone in the office with much more spunk than he had last week.

Mobley even handed over his favorite shirt to wrap around Jude, so his wounds will remain protected.

Although Jude is doing better, he still has more recovery efforts ahead of him.

We think we may still have some complications that will require additional surgery because of the broken rib, Mobley said. We may have to remove some more tissue there, but his attitude is just so great.

Jude has caught attention from all around the world, including from Canada, Japan and South Africa, people who donated money to his recovery fund.

Soon, Jude will be on the road to a full recovery, literally.

You may have heard that he's quite the social media celebrity with many, many thousands of views of his condition, he said. There's a lot of people acquiring about him, wanting to support his recovery, and one of those was a pointer rescue in Nebraska.

On Friday, Jude will leave out for that rescue in Nebraska to receive specialized treatment.

The Kennett Humane Department, along with the Kennett Veterinary Clinic, have worked to help many rescue animals in need, officials said.

Officials want to thank everyone who donated to Judes fund.

Mobley said there will also be money left over to cover costs of care for more rescued animals in Dunklin County. 

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