Rescuers are calling a two year-old bull mastiff mix “Bulletproof Bob” after the dog survived a heartless act of cruelty when he was shot twice in the head and left for dead in the bushland in Western Australia. The nearly starved dog had bullets lodged in his head and eye when he was discovered.
When Bob was brought into Donnybrook Animal Health Center by RSPCA officials, veterinarians and staff didn’t think he would survive.
“He was unable to stand, he had injuries to his head and eye, and he was very, very weak – on the brink of starvation,” said vet nurse Renee Margetts.
Veterinarians were suspicious Bob’s injuries were due to gunshot wounds and an X-ray proved he had a significant amount of shrapnel in his head. They were unable to remove the shrapnel and tried to make the dog as comfortable as possible, until they believed he would inevitably die.
Margetts said, “The first few days, every day we went in we were surprised to find him alive. Being shot in the head twice is usually enough to kill any dog, so the fact he survived and hasn’t any significant injuries is amazing.”
Bob has lost the use of his right eye and is almost completely deaf because of the harm done his body, but otherwise he is a healthy, friendly dog. RSPCA spokesperson Tim Mayne said he has become a staff favorite and “a mascot at the RSPCA.”
“He is a very friendly dog and wags his tail whenever he is approached. He is a real testament to the will power and amazing survival instincts of animals,” said Mayne.
Mayne also said the RSPCA has located Bob’s owners through the dog’s microchip. They have talked with the owners and an investigation into Bob’s shooting is underway. They are treating the investigation as an act of animal cruelty which carries a penalty of $50,000 and/or five years in jail.
Bob has become a bit of a celebrity in the area and on Sunday he helped kick-off an event to raise money for animals. His fame brought out a record 10,000 people and 5,000 dogs for the 2.5km trek. The event raised more than $300,000 for the RSPCA.
Bulletproof Bob is now looking for a foster home where he can continue his recuperation and ultimately be adopted into a new family. Those interested in giving Bob a start at a new life are encouraged to contact the RSPCA.
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