Shot Twice & Left For Dead; Nebraska Pit Bull Recovering

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    Apr 10, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    This is legal in Nebraska. Sickening. Anyone know if legal in other states?

    http://www.kpth.com/story/17338421/shot-twice-left-for-dead-nebraska-pit-bull-recovering

    SIOUX CITY, IA -

    Someone shot him in rural Nebraska hoping to kill him, but now he's recovering with a foster family. It's the story of Elijah, a three-year-old pit bull.

    Noah's Hope Animal Rescue in Sioux City rescues nearly 500 dogs every year. The volunteers work with all kinds of dogs from ones that have been hit by cars to others that have diseases.

    But then there's Elijah. He's a three-year-old Pit bull who's always happy to see you. "They say here that he's a licker, you know, anytime anybody goes back there he loves to lick them and he's very people friendly," said Brenda Iwen, Co-Founder of Noah's Hope Animal Rescue in Sioux City.

    But Elijah's seen more than his fair share of pain. Back in late March someone shot Elijah twice, hoping to kill him. One bullet in the hind quarters and one between the shoulder blades. After being left for dead, Elijah survived for four days. Noah's Hope Animal Rescue brought him in on March 29th. "He could walk, but you know, he was just in real bad shape," said Iwen. "Full of infection, maggots, it was just horrible, horrible." Since then he's been in and out of surgery, he has stitches that serve as reminders of his near death experience. An injured dog, a situation that Noah's Hope sees all too often.

    "You try to be tough. Every once in a while you'll just have a breakdown and you'll spend the whole day crying, and then you get back on your feet and you get back in there again, because you know that if you give up, there's nobody else that's going to step up for these dogs," said Iwen.

    According to Iwen, whoever shot Elijah out in rural Nebraska won't have to face the music. "It's not illegal to do it in the rural areas," said Iwen. That means there won't even be an animal cruelty charge.

    But volunteers like Iwen beg, if you don't want your dog anymore euthanasia is a much more humane way to say goodbye.

    "Sit with your dog, hold its head while it goes to sleep, not to take it out to the field and try to blow its head off and then miss and let it go at large, you know, wounded, shot twice, and let it wander out there and not know how long the dog's going to be out there suffering," said Iwen.

    Elijah's just about done with doctor's appointments from here on out. He'll have to go back and get some those stitches removed. He'll be in the care of a foster family for about a week, at least until he can find a permanent home.

    If you'd like to learn more about Noah's Hope Animal Rescue you can visit this web site: http://www.noahshopeanimalrescue.com/

    You can visit Noah's Hope's Facebook page here: [url]https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Noahs-Hope-Animal-Rescue/109726515739624[/url]
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    Apr 10, 2012 6:07 PM GMT
    Personally, I think it's a shame, but let's wait to hear the whole story. Maybe this dog tried to attack the shooter, who was just standing his ground. We don't have all the facts and we don't know. And it is a pit bull, after all, who are known for their violent behavior. We don't know whether or not the person who pulled the trigger hate dogs, maybe he was just defending himself. Let's wait to hear from some good sources before we pass judgment. We don't want a media frenzied rush to judgment here. Innocent until proven guilty.
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    Apr 10, 2012 10:41 PM GMT
    Video showing Elijah:

    http://www.kmeg.com/story/17338419/shot-twice-left-for-dead-nebraska-pit-bull-recovering