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Elizabeth Engall, a veterinary Medicine student, tends to Lad. Lad, a Rough Collie, is at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis. Lad lost his lower jaw to a gun shot. Doctors plan to do work that will improve the dog's life. Photo taken on Monday, March 17, 2014.

UC Davis to help Kentucky collie shot in the jaw

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014 - 9:53 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 - 7:57 am

UC Davis veterinarians hope to partially reconstruct the jaw of a Kentucky collie that was shot in the muzzle.

Lad was delivered Monday to the UC Davis veterinary teaching hospital by the Arrow Fund, a group that provides medical treatment for animals that are victims of torture, abuse or neglect.

An investigation is underway to find the person who shot the 9-month-old collie, according to the Kentucky-based group.

The Arrow Fund acquired the dog Feb. 10, about six days after the shooting. His wound was badly infected and he appeared near death, according to a UC Davis press release.

He was taken for emergency veterinary treatment to Blue Pearl Veterinary in Louisville, where he received care from specialists.

After his transfer to UC Davis, doctors determined that Lad was in general good health.

His lower jaw has three teeth on one side and two teeth on the other side. Plans are for one or more surgeries in 10 to 14 days.

Kabang, a snoutless Filipino street dog, also suffered a muzzle injury and was helped immensely by UC Davis veterinarians last year. In December 2011, the 2-year-old German shepherd/Japanese spitz mix lost the upper part of her jaw and nose when she lunged at a speeding motorcycle to prevent it from running down two young girls on a street in Zamboanga City, Philippines.

During the nearly five-hour surgery March 27, skin from the side and top of her head was used to repair the wound to her face, and stents were used to create two nostrils.

Kabang was given all her immunization shots on May 20 and medically cleared for transport back to the Philippines.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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