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A friendly stray that was adopted by a neighborhood and fed and watered by several residents was found wounded Sunday, September 26th.

Posted: Sep 29, 2021 2:53 PM
Updated: Sep 29, 2021 6:28 PM

Lafayette, La. - A friendly stray that was adopted by a neighborhood and fed and watered by several residents was found wounded Sunday, September 26th. Someone shot and almost killed the harmless canine, named Bullseye, who has been roaming the same neighborhood for the past two years on the Wilderness Trail, in the town of Carencro.

A resident noticed that Bullseye was lying under his truck and had what appeared to be a laceration above his rib cage, just below his spine. Bullseye could not get up nor stand. The resident posted the information on Bullseye injury on social media and a friend of Amber Richard, a local rescuer and animal lover, tagged her on the post. Sensing that Bullseye likely needed immediate veterinary care, Amber reached out to the Humane Society of Louisiana and asked if they could help. Amber sent the group photos of Bullseye, and the group immediately agreed to pay for his veterinary care.

Amber drove Bullseye to the Lafayette Veterinary Care Center, where they determined that someone had shot and wounded Bullseye. The bullet entered his side and fractured his back left leg. Surgically repairing the leg would cost between 2.5 to $3,000 and additional surgeries could not be ruled out. The group elected to surgically remove the leg to avoid any future complications and to keep their costs down. Bullseye's medical costs will likely top $2,000. Those wishing to donate to Bullseye's medical care can donate online through the Humane Society's website at www.humanela.org, through its PayPal account at humanela@gmail.com or by sending a check or money order to P.O. Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174. All donations are tax-deductible.

The Humane Society is also offering a $750 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for shooting Bullseye. Tips and leads can be sent to the Humane Society by calling 1-888-6-HUMANE (486263) or by emailing them at info@humanela.org. All Information will be shared with the Lafayette sheriff's department.

"We are so disappointed and distraught that someone would injure and harm Bullseye. He posed no threat or harm to anyone and simply was trying his best to live on the fringes of society, getting by on handouts from pet friendly residents. We hope that someone will provide us with the information of who shot Bullseye, so we can pursue charges. We also hope that people will donate to his care," says Jeff Dorson, HSLA Director.

After Bullseye's surgery and subsequent sterilization, the group plans to place him up for adoption. Those interested in adopting him may contact the Humane Society at info@humanela.org.

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