A dog with a gaping gunshot wound is getting a lot of help from Manitoba dog lovers.

The animal was shot north of Dauphin and left for days with an open wound. An urgent request went out on the Manitoba German Shepherd Rescue Facebook page on Sunday.

Cathy Dunning and her husband, Dave, drove five hours from Winnipeg to pick up the dog north of Dauphin. Cathy said despite being in horrific pain, the animal was very affectionate.

"I went into the back and he just kind of flopped on my lap," Cathy Dunning said. "He was like pressing into me, putting his head on my arms and stuff. He wanted constant cuddles and attention and love."

The dog, now named Krieger, made it to Winnipeg and to surgery.

"His tail was wagging. His eyes were bright. He was giving me kisses on the face," she said. "I don't know how he could pull through that."

Veterinarian Noel Catrysse did the surgery. He says by the amount of infection he saw during surgery the dog was probably shot last week.

"A lot of them originate from the northern reserves," he said about injured dogs. "They run loose, no care whatsoever, they're heavily parisitized, no vaccinations, no basic veterinarian care whatsoever."

But Krieger is now getting the care he needs thanks to growing number of people wanting to help foot his medical bill online.

Meanwhile Cathy Dunning plans to take care of Krieger until he's healthy.

"We're going to adopt him out and find him a forever home," she said.

Krieger hasn't had all of his shots yet and the veterinarian says there's still a long road to recovery. Catrysse estimates the wound will take at least a month to heal.

To follow Krieger's progress, go to the Manitoba German Shepherd Rescue Facebook page.