(MORGAN COUNTY) - Animal advocates said two Morgan County dogs are slowly recovering after someone shot them and left them for dead.
Humane Society of Morgan County officials said the dogs were rescued by the county's animal control.
"In Morgan County, dogs are what we call 'fair game.' Once they leave your property, bad things can happen and you have very little recourse," said worker Will Weber.
Veterinarians said that someone shot one of the dogs, a Great Dane, in its shoulder. The bullet remains lodged in its shoulder, RTV6's Eboné Monet reported.
The other dog, a shepherd mix, was shot in the leg. The bullet shattered the bone and veterinarians had to amputate its leg.
Humane Society workers said a farmer found the dog limping along a county road.
"Despite the condition he was in and all the pain, he was still giving kisses. He was friendly with all of the other dogs," said worker Megan Gonterman. "I wish residents would realize that they should keep their dogs on leashes or confined to their property, because when they run loose like this, people try to defend their own property and then the dogs get shot."
Although the Humane Society has just $400 a month in its budget, officials said they've overspent that amount on the dogs' surgeries and X-rays.
Humane Society of Morgan County officials didn't think the shootings were related and said they're not looking for the shooters.
"We don't really go to heroic efforts to try to figure out who shot the dog because there's very little chance of prosecution to begin with. You have the right to protect yourself and property," Weber said.
Officials said if more injured animals are brought to the Humane Society, they'll need more donations to care for them.
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