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Elizabeth Engall, a veterinary medicine student, tends to Lad at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis following his arrival from Kentucky on March 17.

Kentucky collie shot in face dies following reconstructive surgery at UC Davis

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 - 4:38 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 - 7:57 am

Lad, a collie from Kentucky who suffered a gunshot wound to the face, died Tuesday at UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital after suffering post-operative complications following reconstructive jaw surgery.

Lad was brought to UC Davis on March 17 by The Arrow Fund, a group that provides medical treatment for animals that are victims of torture, abuse or neglect. The Arrow Fund received Lad on Feb. 10, about six days after he was shot.

Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Louisville, Ky., had to remove the majority of Lad’s lower jaw due to gunshot damage and infection before the collie was transferred to UC Davis, where veterinarians planned to reconstruct the collie’s lower jaw using a previously successful bone regrowth procedure.

After Lad arrived at UC Davis, veterinarians discovered an infection in his jaw and the surgery was postponed until the infection could be cleared up with antibiotics.

The UC Davis veterinary hospital issued a written statement Wednesday saying that Lad underwent reconstructive surgery of the jaw last week, but had been battling critical complications since the surgery.

The Arrow Fund said in a Facebook posting, “It was decided by UC Davis and The Arrow Fund to not promote the date of his procedure so that all attention could be given to Lad during this time by his doctors and caregivers. The procedure went very well, and all symptoms were good for the first few days following this procedure.”

Over the weekend, however, Lad experienced a blood clot in his lungs and was placed on a ventilator.

“As much as it pains us to say goodbye, Lad’s body could simply not endure what he was going through any longer,” The Arrow Fund reported.

Contributions to The Arrow Fund may be made via its website,

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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