Dog survives four bullets to the head after being caught in trap

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

CAVE CREEK – A dog is in good hands after someone put four bullets in his head.

There is still no official word on who did it or why but the Roscoe’s owners think they know.  The veterinarian in Cave Creek who treated the dog has never seen anything like this.

They knew the dog had been caught in a trap but his X-rays revealed a much more gruesome attack. Dr. Lisa Lannen, Roscoe’s vet, asks him, “What do you think, handsome?"

Roscoe- is a young charpei-shephard mix. His sad brown eyes say he has been through a lot.

Last week Roscoe's owners found him snared in a trap near their home. The trap was presumably meant for coyotes.
Covered in blood, they rushed Roscoe to the vet to get his paw checked out. X-rays showed his leg was swollen but not broke but his vet noticed something else.

Dr. Lannen says, “I looked at him and said, ‘Why does his eye look like that and why is there blood coming from it’?"

The vet had Roscoe lay down for X-rays and says she was shocked at what she saw: Four bullets lodged in his head, two in the front of his brain and two behind. She explains, “We’ve got that one, that one. They lodged up here where they stopped."

The other bullets went in under Roscoe's eyes. Linda Long, Roscoe’s owner, says, “I go ‘Oh my god who would do this’?" Roscoe's owners think a neighbor accidentally trapped him then shot him in the face to try to kill him and hide his body.

Nevertheless, Roscoe survived. Linda says, “He's a tough dog." Roscoe might lose his left eye and he has been a little off-balance but otherwise he is expected to recover.

Dave Etter, his owner says, “Totally amazing that he took four of them in the head and is still walking around."

Roscoe's vet says that for now they are going to leave the bullets inside him. His owners say they know who shot their dog and they are meeting with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office investigators Friday.