Dog shot in Stowe recovering at Animal Friends

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 5:11 PM


A dog who was found shot in Stowe Township is recovering at Animal Friends.

Milk Dud, an approximately one-year-old Rottweiler, was found by a Good Samaritan and brought to Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center – North Hills early in the morning of June 10, said Anthony Pardo, medical director of the center.

“He was shot twice, once in the abdomen and once in the left foreleg,” said Pardo.

Veterinarians performed exploratory surgery and removed the bullet, which didn’t hit any major organs. His humerus bone was severely broken, though, and had to be amputated.

“Dogs can handle (an amputation) quite nicely as long as the other three legs are healthy,” said Pardo, who said he expects Milk Dud to recover. “They become nice house pets.”

A Stowe Township police officer said the dog was found near a pedestrian tunnel under the McKees Rocks Bridge. He said a man walking heard the dog crying, loaded him in his car and took him to the facility’s emergency department.

The officer said the dog was friendly and curled up on the lap of a passenger on the way to the vet.

Once the dog was stable, he was transported to the nonprofit Animal Friends in Ohio Township.

“They contacted us because they needed someone to essentially take ownership of him,” said Shannon Clarke, Animal Friends director of communications. “We couldn’t turn our back on him.”

Clarke said he is in the facility’s kennel, where he’s being kept as comfortable as possible.

“He’s actively taking treats,” said Clarke.

Milk Dud will remain in Animal Friends’ care until he is well enough to be placed for adoption.

The dog was so-named for his sweet disposition, said Clarke.

“He’s so sweet and friendly,” Clarke said. “His face makes you want to melt.”

Clarke said community support of cases like Milk Dud’s is critical because the cost of his treatment is expected to be thousands of dollars in addition to ongoing daily care needs.

Clarke and Pardo said that unfortunately, intentional injuries to animals are a regular occurrence.

“It happens more often than we care to remember,” said Pardo.

The Stowe Township police officer said the department is reviewing video surveillance to try to identify the shooter, and also trying to locate an owner. The dog did not have a collar or microchip.

For information on Animal Friends, visit www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.