Thanks for letting me know about this incredible story in the Des Moines Register…
Veterinary specialists at Iowa State University at Ames have had a look at Duke, the mastiff or mastiff mix dog recently rescued from the Des Moines River with a bullet in his back.
Their conclusion has not been made public.
Josh Colvin with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, said Duke is now back from Ames, resting at the Rescue League location at 5452 Northeast 22nd Street in Des Moines.
A story about Duke was published in Wednesday’s editions of The Des Moines Register.
At least a half dozen offers of adoption have been received either by phone or by email, Colvin said. Other callers have asked about making donations to help with medical expenses.
“There’s not a lot I can say yet,” said Colvin. “This is a serious injury. I’m waiting for a report.”
Photographers taking pictures of bald eagles along the Des Moines River southeast of downtown Des Moines spotted something swimming in the river last week.
It was a dog, struggling to get out of the icy water. Officials said the photographers helped pull it out of the water. The dog was taken to the care and control center. An x-ray revealed what appeared to be a bullet or bullet fragments to the animal’s dorsal area.
The x-ray helped explain why the dog could not move his back legs.
Andy Dennis, who works near Southeast 14th Street and the Des Moines River, told animal control officials he’s been feeding the dog he named Duke for some 16 months. He said Duke is the sole survivor of a litter of puppies born in the wild.
“He’s a special dog and he needs a wheelchair and a loving family,” Dennis said earlier in an interview.
A reward of $6,000 is now on the table for information about the person who shot and paralyzed a stray mastiff named Duke last month.
Animal rescue league officials received an anonymous donation of $3,000 on Saturday morning after $2,500 from the Humane Society of the United States and $500 from another anonymous donor was initially offered to help the dog.
Police believe Duke – so named by neighborhood people who cared for the former stray – was shot with a .22-caliber bullet before being pulled out of the Des Moines River on Jan. 27.
People with information pertaining to Duke can call the Des Moines Police Department at 283-4865.
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This post was written by dwagner on February 9, 2011