WHEATON, Md. (WJLA) - Ruby, a 9-month-old boxer mix puppy, has a new "leash" on life, after being shot in the face last week. The veterinarian who saved her life now also has future plans for her.
With a bullet exit wound in the left side of her neck and a feeding tube in the right, Ruby has a long road to recovery ahead.
Montgomery County Police say the shooting happened last Thursday, when a family member discharged a weapon inside a Wheaton home. The bullet struck Ruby in the faceshattering her left jaw and exiting the left side of her neck.
"She was losing a lot of blood, she was having trouble breathing, and was starting to lose consciousness," said MCPD Sgt. Dawn Felsen.
"We quickly rushed her into the cruiser and got her to a hospital as soon as we [could]," said MCPD Officer Noah Leotta.
At Kindness Animal Hospital, veterinarian Jeff Zolkiewicz and his team stabilized Ruby and performed life-saving surgeries.
"She had her left mandibleleft jawbonepretty much shattered, and as one of the procedures she had multiple fragments of it removed," Dr. Zolkiewicz said.
Ruby's owners had financial constraints, so they surrendered her to the hospital. Instead of putting Ruby down, Dr. Zolkiewicz decided to pay for her surgeries, to give her a fighting chance.
"She's probably got at least one more procedure, if not more," Dr. Zolkiewicz said. "She's doing remarkably well, all things considered."
Dr. Zolkiewicz says despite all she's been through, Ruby has no fear of humans and loves playtime.
In yet another act of kindness, Dr. Zolkiewicz and his wife are adopting this gem of a dog.
"I'm always excited about having a new pet, and my kids are certainly excited about having a new pet," he said.
Montgomery County Police say the circumstances of the shooting are still under investigation. Meanwhile, the officers are now collecting donations to help with the costs of Ruby's care.