Dog Found With Bullet Wound Released to Shelter, Adoption is Next Step

SAN DIEGO – The dog who was found on the Viejas reservation earlier this week with a bullet wound to his torso was released from an animal hospital and arrived at the County Animal Services shelter in San Diego Friday.

Chance, a retriever-mix, was found conscious and wounded Monday by a woman who spotted the animal from her car. A single bullet had been fired through his torso, according to the county Department of Animal Services.

County Animal Services personnel rushed Chance to the VCA emergency animal hospital in Mission Valley, where he was given intravenous fluids and medication and was kept in an oxygen chamber, Department of Animal Services representative Dan DeSousa said.

Chance’s condition has improved throughout the week, he said.

The dog’s owner relinquished Chance to Animal Services, which is providing care through the all-donation “Spirit Fund,” DeSousa said.

Chance was moved to the shelter, where X-rays showed improvement in the dog’s lungs and his prognosis good, DeSousa said.

Applications for Chance’s adoption are now being accepted. Applications can be obtained at–Adoption.pdf.

Animal Services has begun an investigation into the shooting.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. San Diego Animal Advocates is offering an additional reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and a conviction.

Anyone with information on the identity or the location of whoever was responsible for the shooting is urged to call San Diego County Animal Services at (619) 236-2341 or contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or online at

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