Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians makes donation to help wounded dog

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Monday, February 20, 2012 4:33 pm PST

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SAN DIEGO - The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians announced Wednesday that it is donating $2,500 to help treat a dog that was found shot on the reservation.

Chance, a retriever mix about 18 months old, is being cared for at the San Diego County Department of Animal Services Shelter.

"We are very proud of the Viejas tribal family member who first discovered Chance on the side of the road and called authorities for help, the Viejas tribal firefighter who responded first and provided aid to Chance, as well as the veterinary professionals who saved this dog's life," tribal chairman Anthony Pico said.

"This shooting goes against everything Viejas stands for and we will do everything we can to make sure Chance eventually gets to a home where he can know the safety, comfort and love that he deserves," Pico said.

The money will go into the department's Spirit Fund, which pays for veterinary care beyond what the shelter can afford, said the department's Dan DeSousa.

Chance spent four days in an oxygen chamber and is scheduled to have new round of chest X-rays this week, DeSousa said.

The dog was found shot Feb. 20 by a woman who spotted the wounded animal from her car.

A single bullet passed through his torso and lungs. Animal Services employees took the dog to the a VCA animal hospital in Mission Valley.

Chance, whose owner turned him over to the county, is now fitted with a fentanyl patch to deliver pain medication and is given antibiotics daily.

"He's doing amazingly well considering (a week ago) Monday he was shot and left for dead on the side of the road," DeSousa said.

Applications for the dog's adoption are being accepted through Saturday, but he will not be ready to go to his new home for at least a month, perhaps two. Applications are available at .

Animal Services is investigating the shooting.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. San Diego Animal Advocates is offering an additional reward up to $2,000 for information leading to a conviction.

Anyone with more information about who shot the dog was urged to call county Animal Services at (619) 236-2341, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or via .

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