Dog Amputated With Leg After Being Shot Has Been ‘Happy Boy’ Looking For A Home

A rescue dog who was discovered after being shot and abandoned is looking for his forever home in St. Louis, Missouri.

Big Ben was discovered under a bridge by a national park maintainer. Lying on a piece of foam under a bridge, he threw himself on the team who tried to feed him.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis got the call to help Big Ben and headed to the scene.

Natalie Thompson of the rescue center says Newsweek“When we arrived we saw how scared he was. He also didn’t want us to get too close and he pulled his lip back and growled.”

A photo of Big Ben when he was found under a bridge, abandoned and badly injured in his right leg. Big Ben is now looking for his forever home after being rescued by the Stray Rescue of St. Louis team.
St. Louis Lost Rescue

Aware that the pup was in pain, the team worked hard to earn his trust. Using a humane trap and food, the team managed to get Big Ben into the rescue Jeep, with six people needed to lift him.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that approximately 6.3 million animals enter US shelters each year. While millions of dogs and cats are adopted each year, 34% of dogs are still purchased from breeders rather than rescue shelters.

Ben’s front leg was so swollen the team knew it was broken. When the medical team took a closer look, they made a shocking discovery.

“He was shot. There’s no way of knowing who shot him or how he got to where he was, but we do know he was possessed at some point,” Thompson said. “There was a spiked collar next to him, which leads us to believe he was dumped.”

The dog had been shot in the shoulder. “The bone was broken,” Thompson said. “So an amputation is all that could be done. The wound had festered and festered, he needed antibiotics and surgery.”

The Stray Rescue of St. Louis team worked hard to provide Ben with the love and care he needed, and eventually he let his guard down.

Big Ben the rescue dog
A photo of Big Ben where he was discovered by a member of the public who called Stray Rescue of St. Louis who took the injured dog where he received the love and medical attention he needed. Now with three legs and a big heart, this pup is looking for a new home.
St. Louis Lost Rescue

“He’s grown into a big pup and loves giving affection,” Thompson said. “As soon as his leg was removed even more personality started to shine through as he was pain free. With a dog this size it is unfortunate that he lost a front leg but he is doing very well. good.”

Running, playing and even jumping to catch a tennis ball – Big Ben is now looking for a new loving family and a forever home.

After such a rocky start, the team doesn’t want to see Ben give up anymore, so they search for the perfect home to set him up for success.

“He’s a really big boy, so we’d like to find someone who knows about big breeds and some of the characteristics they may have, like stubbornness,” Thompson said. “He’s such a good, happy boy and will have an amazing life with a caring, responsible human.”

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