Family searching for answers after dog shot three times

Posted at 8:39 AM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 10:39:02-04

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    FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) — A woman is wondering who shot her dog.

Zoey Holbert said her dog, Dixie, was shot three times – once in the head, leg and chest – just six days ago.

Holbert said her boyfriend is a contractor and Dixie often tags along. They were near the Rifle River Trail and Kenneth Drive in West Branch when the dog was shot.

“He had the machinery running and when he went to go get her she was in the woods laying down covered in blood,” Holbert said.

Her boyfriend rushed Dixie to the vet, and even after three gunshot wounds, she survived.

“She’s the most harmless dog. There’s no reason. She didn’t deserve this,” Holbert said.

Dixie’s x-rays showed the bullet and bullet fragments. Zoey said even though the dog was shot three times, she was still very lucky.

“The bullet just skimmed her head. It was a .22, just skimmed her carotid artery and just skimmed her heart and lungs,” Holbert said.

Dixie is doing a lot better than many would expect given her wounds. Her family even calling her a miracle.

“We’re honestly are still surprised and in shock that she’s still alive because any dog getting shot usually doesn’t make it,” Holbert said.

Less than a week later, she’s back to chasing squirrels and fetching sticks.

Her family is overjoyed that she’s getting back to herself and hope the upward trend continues, even though one of the bullets is still inside her body.

As for the person responsible, the family has no clue who they are but hopes this never happens again.

“I’m just hoping they’ll feel bad and realize how much she’s cared for. She’s in a loving family and that they’ll never do this again,” Holbert said.

The worst-case scenario for Dixie would be a leg amputation, but her family is hoping it doesn’t come to that.

Her follow up appointment is next week.

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