Puppy loses leg after being shot twice during home invasion

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) A puppy was shot in a drug deal gone bad, but there’s a positive update to this negative story.

It began when Nashville police were called to a home invasion robbery two weeks ago.  After entering the apartment, authorities say one of the suspects shot an 8-month-old puppy two times.

The dog was reportedly barking in the bathroom when the bullets entered his back and right front leg.

Bleeding and scared, the dog was missing for two whole days. When she was finally found, she was rushed to the vets at Nashville’s Veterinary Specialists.

The 8-month-old dog shot by the invaders is recovering and will soon be adopted.

The puppy, named Hattie, suffered shattered bones and nerve damage. Dr. Staci Cannon, the medical director for Metro Animal Care and Control decided the best course of action is to amputate.

The doctor said the fracture isn’t one that’s easy to repair. There are a lot of nerves in the area so she wouldn’t be able to bear weight on the leg.

Dr. Raley White, who was part of the team that operated on Hattie, and who is also seriously considering adopting her, said the dog is doing well.

She’ll never know [her leg] is gone, Dr. White said. I think she’s young enough. She will learn to maneuver and get around. She has figured out stairs and how to get on the couch.

Hattie the three-legged pup is expected to make a full recovery.

Nashville police say no arrests have been made in the home invasion.

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