(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A St. Joseph couple has taken to social media to ask for help tracking down the person who shot a dog, and then left her for dead.
Jacob Carter and his fiance, Robin Musser, were mushroom hunting at Bluffwoods Conservation Area, when they said they heard two gunshots.
Instead of running the opposite direction, the couple went towards the noise. What they found left them in disbelief.
"My fiance saw the dog sitting over there and we thought it was a pup, so I got out of the vehicle and walked a little bit closer and that's when I noticed that it was bleeding," Carter said.
Carter said he acted quickly, using the shirt off his own back to help apply pressure and slow the dog's bleeding.
With every second counting, the couple said they knew they needed to find help fast. Musser said she called Carter's mother, who then called several veterinarians around town, but wasn't having any luck.
"I called everybody I could think of and I kept getting turned away," Tamara Carter, Carter's mother, said. "I had one vet just literally tell me that he didn't have time for it."
However, when she dialed the number to Angel's Vet Express, they were quick to respond.
"We told them to get here immediately," Gary Silverglat, Angel's Vet Express and M’Shoogy’s, said. "They brought her to Angel's. Our vets came in and we stabilized the dog."
Silverglat said the white female pit bull was shot in the ear. She was transferred from Angel's by Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption to BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Overland Park, Kansas.
On the Unleashed Pet Rescue's Facebook page, they said the dog made it through the night and is slowly recovering.
The Rescue said they aren't certain if any brain damage was caused by the bullet, but say her palette is damaged and she’s got several shattered teeth.
The dog has been named Lagertha, or Laggie for short. Musser said she can't believe someone would do this to an animal.
"He [suspect] left her out there to die, and thank God that we were out there to save her because what you did - she didn't deserve that. No animal deserves that," Musser said.
Angel's Vet Clinic has offered a $1,000 reward for anyone with information that could lead to an arrest. Silverglat said they suspect the person was driving a silver Chevrolet Silverado.
Tamara Carter has said on Facebook that they found two casings and a bullet which are now in evidence. The Buchanan County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call M’Shoogy’s at 816-324-5824.
Unleashed Pet Rescue has also asked for donations to help Lagertha recover. To donate, visit their website or Facebook Page.