Caitlin Andreen | CBSDFW

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ALVARADO (CBSDFW.COM) – After examining x-rays, the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) has discovered Tucker, a rescued 11-month-old Retriever mix, has injuries to his femur consistent with bullet wounds from a handgun or small rifle.

Tucker was brought to HSNT after someone found him limping on the side of Interstate 35 in Alvarado.  Due to this location near the highway, the rescuer believed he had been run over by a car.

While Tucker’s injuries were initially believed to be a result from a collision with the car, the completely shattered femur proved otherwise.

According to HSNT, the severity of the damage makes them believe that Tucker was shot by a gun intentionally and at close range.

Tucker successfully underwent orthopedic surgery Monday and is recovering; however, HSNT still hopes to locate the person who shot the dog.

“We are thrilled to be able to transform Tucker’s life, but we still need the help of our community to find the individual responsible for this callous act,” Ann Barnes, executive director of HSNT, said.

The x-rays show Tucker’s injuries were not recent, and he had been suffering for a prolonged period of time.

“The cruelty Tucker has experienced is deplorable,” Barnes said.  “It is HSNT’s goal to make certain that this friendly, affectionate dog never faces the agony and terror he endured in his youth.”

Dr. Shawn Ashley, one of HSNT’s veterinarians, said they were pleased with the outcome of Tucker’s procedure.

She said Tucker will need to rest for the next two months in order to allow his surgical incisions to heal and his bone to mend.  During the next six weeks, Tucker will be cared for in foster care.

HSNT is asking for anyone with any information related to Tucker’s injury to contact the Humane Society of North Texas’ Humane Investigations Team at 817-332-4768 extension 113.

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