British Columbia

B.C. dog shot by intruders recovers from surgery

An American Staffordshire terrier that was shot while defending its home from intruders is recovering after major surgery to remove bullet fragments from its leg.
Rumble is expected to be able to return home Tuesday. (Canada West Veterinary Specialists)

An American Staffordshire terrier that was shot while defending its home from intruders is recovering after major surgery to remove bullet fragments from its leg.

The dog, named Rumble, was shot and beaten by intruders who broke into the family home in Burnaby, B.C., last weekend.

A local veterinary hospital, Canada West Veterinary Specialists, donated hospital and surgery time to save the dog’s leg.

"He has feeling in his foot and that’s a promising sign," said veterinarian Michael King.

"Fractures in this particular area are more challenging because this is a strangely shaped bone with muscles and nerves in awkward places limiting what you can do."

A special interlocking metal plate was used to hold the realigned bone in place.

Rumble is expected to return home Tuesday. Veterinarians say the dog will need several months of physiotherapy to recover.

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