Checking In On Gunny

Updated Thursday, May 8, 2008

In a KSLA News 12 follow up, workers at the Allred Veternary Clinic in Marshall, Texas tell us that leads are pouring and viewers have been generously sending in donations. Many of you have emailed and called the station asking for an update on Gunny the boxer found last week, after he had apparently been dragged behind a car. Gunny suffered terrible wounds to his feet and legs but amazingly survived.

Workers in at the vet in Marshall say since we aired Gunny's story, they've recieved several offers for donations to cover surgery and vet costs. The donations will help gunny be treated for heartworms and all his injuries. Again, if you would like to help out, call (903)-938-6629.   That's the number to Dr John Allred's Veterinary clinic.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Animal control officers and rescue workers in Harrison County are trying to save an 18-month-old dog after a motorist found him on the side of the road Wednesday near Harleton. Investigators say the dog was dragged behind a vehicle, and are worried the animal may not be the last dog hurt.  "What has this animal done to deserve to be treated that way," said Tyler animal rescue worker Denise Wilson. 

When the Boxer, named Gunny, was brought in to Allred Veterinary Clinic in Marshall, Wednesday workers could hardly believe it. "My findings did reveal this dog had been dragged behind a car, which is a crime, with the injuries consistent with the feet being injured by trying to stop itself and then eventually dragging on the ground," said Marshall Animal Control Officer Eva Sepulvado.  Gunny has terrible wounds to his feet and flanks, but amazingly he survived. "He has an exposed bone, which will most likely have to be amputated in this coming week," said Veterinary Technician Mandi Little. "My first reaction was I thought I was going to be sick," said Wilson.  "Why, why would anybody want to do something to an animal that unconditionally loves you."

Gunny is not the first dog to be dragged.  Investigators say they found another dog with similar injuries just two months ago. "Because this was not the first dog found in this area, we immediately were concerned that we perhaps had a serial animal abuser on our hands," said Sepulvado.  After his examination, Gunny was found to be neutered, possibly someone's missing pet.  Gunny will require surgery and healing time, and those who've cared for him hope the one who did this, will be brought to justice. "We need to find out who's doing this and put a stop to it now," said Sepulvado.  Gunny will require surgery and extensive vet care. 

If you'd like to help with donations, call Allred Veterinary Clinic in Marshall at 903-938-6629.  If you have any information on the dragging, call the Marshall Police Department. (Story Courtesy Bob Hallmark, KLTV Tyler)