To call Brody the puppy resilient would be something of an understatement. The 6-week-old Lab mix was struck with 18 BB gun pellets by a group of teens in Rock Hill, S.C. When a nearby maintenance worker saw what was going on, he notified the authorities, who rescued the injured dog and brought him to the Ebenezer Animal Hospital, LLC. (Since the incident of abuse, two of the alleged assailants have been arrested.)
While this shocking—and sadly, not terribly uncommon—instance of animal abuse could have had a much worse conclusion, this brave pup and the dedicated staff at Ebenezer have, wonderfully, turned this into a story of triumph.
April Splawn, the owner and hospital administrator at Ebenezer, informs petMD that when Brody was brought into their facility he was "bleeding, but stable." Under the care of Dr. Jay Hreiz, the puppy was given fluid therapy and pain medication. Dr. Hreiz and the staff at Ebenezer waited until the next day to follow up on Brody's condition, which was still good.
Splawn explains that because none of the BB pellets pierced anything vital, surgery—for the time being—was unnecessary. She also notes that for a puppy this young, undergoing anesthesia would be a major health risk.
Because the BBs can move over time and may cause problems down the line (for instance, if one of the pellets shifts and gets too close to Brody's spine it will have to be removed), the pup will have regular check-ups at Ebenezer as he grows. Splawn says that the procedure, if necessary, would be making small incisions into the skin to remove the BBs.
She also notes that the pellets shouldn't have any impact on his bloodstream, it's just a matter of keeping an eye on where they are in his body and whether they pose any threat by shifting and being too close to vital organs, tissue, or the spine.
Despite this early trauma, things seem to be looking bright for Brody's future. In addition to getting a visit from the very maintenance worker who came to his rescue, the pup has been placed in a forever home thanks to the efforts of Project Safe Pet in Lake Wylie, S.C.
Chris Rizzo, the President of Project Safe Pet tells petMD, "We have found him an excellent home with a wonderful family. In particular, a 9-year-old girl who lost her therapy dog about two months ago. She came in to see Brody and the bond was immediate. She is a wonderful, insightful young lady and Brody will be well loved."
Image courtesy of the Ebenezer Animal Hospital Facebook page.