Florida sheriff’s office employee adopts dog shot in face

Palm Coast dog loves toys, yard and doesn’t growl, adopter says

Rocky last month after he was shot, and Rocky now. (Flagler County Sheriff's Office)

PALM COAST, Fla. – A Palm Coast pup that was shot in the face last month has a new leash on life, thanks to a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office employee.

The sheriff’s office said Rocky was found last month sitting in a blood-covered kennel, visibly in pain. Sheriff’s officials said the dog’s owner told them that he shot the dog in the head after it bit one of his family members.

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Veterinarians said the bullet went through Rocky’s snout and bottom lip, into his neck and shoulder area, and through his left leg.

The adopter, whom the sheriff’s office did not name, was working when calls came in about the animal. The employee’s family was already looking at getting a dog, so when the vet said a post-surgery foster was needed, the sheriff’s employee volunteered.

Rocky is on his way to a full recovery. The adopter said he can put weight on his leg now, though he still hops when he tries to move quickly. They say he’s playful, is great with their other dog, and has never growled at anyone.

Jamier Lee, 25, was arrested on animal cruelty charges.


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