As animal lovers, it is incredibly painful for us to think that there are some humans who are capable of causing harm to animals. This is one of the many reasons that the story of Timber the Pit Bull mix is so hard to understand. Timber was shot at point blank by a person who intended on killing the young dog. The shooter left Timber to die, all alone on the street. In an act of fate, or perhaps just pure luck, Timber was discovered by a passerby who immediately took the injured pup to Unleashed Dog Rescue for treatment.
When Timber was brought in for care, rescuers did not know what to expect. The dog had been shot directly in the head with buckshot – meaning rather than a single bullet, a number of tiny metal pellets had been lodged into his head and neck. After performing x-rays, it appeared that some shots had entered through his head, then shot through the flesh and reentered into the dog’s legs.
Unleashed Dog Rescue specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of bully breeds like Timber and are very familiar with the violence and damage done to these dogs stemming from their stereotypes. His rescuers believe that Timber was targeted because of his breed, although the range of the shot indicates that the person was close enough to Timber to recognize that this particular dog was not threatening.
Timber’s recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. Speaking to the amazing resilience of animals who have undergone extreme injuries at the hands of humans, Timber continues to be a happy-go-lucky pooch who thrives in the company of his caretakers.
This video features Timber’s amazing story and the kind people who helped to rescue him. We do want to note that the video does get a bit graphic towards the end around 6:38.
The organization who saved Timber is currently running a GoFundMe campaign to help them purchase the building where they run their shelter. Building management has given notice that they are trying to sell the property, and if this happens, Unleashed Rescue will no longer be able to operate. You can make a donation to help this awesome organization reach their goal by clicking here.
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