Dog Shot in Face Rescued, Given New Leash on Life

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An animal control officer was in for a surprise when he came to pick up a dog out in the rural area of Springdale.

Residents of the area called Springdale Animal Services to report that a dog who hangs around their property reappeared with a serious injury to his muzzle. The animal control officer picked up the dog, which they named Tony Montana, and took him to the vet.

When Springdale Animal Services Shelter Director Courtney Kremer first saw Tony’s wounds, she initially thought he was impaled or stabbed. 

“He had a pretty clean cut, so we thought he was stabbed with something,” says Kremer. “It wasn’t until the vet started looking deeper that we noticed the extent of the injuries.” 

Tony had broken teeth, ripped tongue, fractured lower jaw and broken upper jaw. X-rays also showed Tony had metal shrapnel embedded all over. 

“He was definitely shot,” Kremer says. She says she doesn’t know what kid of gun was used.

Kremer took Tony to a veterinarian in Greenwood who has dealt with injuries to this extent. Tony had surgery on Thursday, March 24 and was picked up on Saturday, March 26 to return to Springdale.

“We currently have him at the initial vet that saw him so he can be monitored closer,” Kremer says. “We don’t want him to reopen or undue any of the surgery he just had.”

Kremer describes Tony as a very lovable dog. “When I came to the vet, he immediately came up to me,” Kremer says. 

She says he is a bigger dog for his age, weighing around 70 pounds and only being around a year old, but still doesn’t understand why someone would do this to him. “I just can’t fathom somebody doing this.”

Tony’s reconstructive surgery will cost around $1,600. Kremer says that the City of Springdale gives the shelter a budget every year to pay for animal costs; however, Tony Montana’s surgery is more extensive of a cost than they budget for. 

“The city is always very helpful with costs, but this is something we just weren’t expecting,” Kremer says.

The Springdale Animal Shelter has set up a  ‘You Caring” fund page to help with costs for Tony, which you can visit by clicking here. 

Kremer says an owner has not come forward to claim Tony yet. She says that they are reaching out to rescues in Colorado, where there is a “bigger pool” of people looking for a large breed dog. 

“We just want to find him a really good home when it is all set and done,” Kremer says. 

For the Facebook page for Springdale Animal Shelter, click here. 

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