Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Unknown dog found with broken legs from shotgun blast

Pikeville, KY

Pike County

January 4, 2010  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
    1 Shepherd/Lab mix Under Investigation  

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a dog found suffering from broken legs in a shotgun blast.

On Jan. 4, a large, black, German shepherd/Labrador retriever-mix was found by the roadside — where she had languished for at least a week (as the person who called the county had driven past her and thought she was dead) — with two broken legs filled with buckshot. Pikeville authorities contacted United Rescues of Kentucky for assistance with the dog, who is now named Leah. She is in critical condition and will require extensive orthopedic surgery to repair the damage caused by her injuries.

The Pike County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 606-432-6260.

Update 1/7/10:  URKY found a wonderful foster mom who will care for Leah as they raise funds for her medical bills. Leah's two front legs are destroyed; we don't know if she was hit by a car too, but we do know she had buckshot in her legs. Her legs are going to require extensive orthopedic surgery and a long recuperation. One leg has a Salter Harris type II fracture of the distal humeral condyl. (Y fracture that is going to need significant repair.) The other leg- fracture of the distal radius/ulna. Both will need to be plated.

Update 1/10/10:  Leah had her surgery and came through it but is in guarded condition; however, the surgery didn't go as expected. They found that the injuries were older than first thought, so there was more scar tissue than expected. The vet wasn't able to plate the breaks because of the scar tissue. He was still able to save both legs.

Leah currently has a K-E apparatus on each leg which are stabilizing pins that go through the bones, come out through the skin and are secured to a metal rod to keep the healing bones immobile.

        (Photo courtesy of URKY - Leah before and after her surgery)

She is back in her foster home. She is on strict confinement for 2 weeks and can only walk to go potty. Her appetite is better and she is more anxious to get out when it's time to go out.

She is a great dog and has not stopped giving kisses and tail wags since she was found. She is safe now and her future is bright. She has a long road to recovery ahead of her, but we will try to make that road as smooth as possible for her. Jennifer, with Shelby Co HS will be finding Leah her perfect home when the time comes.


 United Rescue of Kentucky