By Penny Eims
A handsome, 6-year-old yellow Labrador retriever is recovering today from a gunshot wound that destroyed most of his face.
The dog was shot on August 18 during a home invasion in Michigan.
The dog, named “Niko,” was not the only victim – his owner, Gail King, 53, was shot in the chest. According to Detroit News, King was released from the hospital on Monday.
Amazingly, Niko survived the devastating injury and he is currently in serious, but stable condition at an emergency veterinary clinic in Allen Park, Mich. His family is committed to doing all that is necessary to save Niko’s life.
The veterinary hospital caring for Niko is Affiliated Veterinary Emergency Services, and they are taking donations for Niko’s care over the phone. Estimates for Niko are currently somewhere between $3,700 and $5,000.
Anyone wishing to donate can phone: 313-389-1700.
Established Chip-In fund for Niko here.
Please note, this is an emergency veterinary clinic. If the staff is handling an emergency at the time that you call, you will be asked to call back at a later time.
Police are searching for the suspect in this shooting. The individual is described as a male, aged 25-30, 130 pounds, and he was last seen wearing a light colored tank top and dark shorts.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police Criminal Investigations at (313) 596-5240.
Note: I spoke with a receptionist at the veterinary hospital this morning. I was told that Niko is doing as well as could be expected, but he is not out of the woods as there was a huge amount of damage to his face.
Read more: Examiner.com
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