Chance survived a gunshot wound to the chest on Feb. 20 on the Viejas Indian Reservation.
A Good Samaritan who saw the dog near death on the road contacted the Department of Animal Services (DAS). Animal Control Officer Gina Raygosa responded and immediately transported the dog to the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital in Mission Valley.
The dog, named Chance by shelter staff, was in critical condition for several days and his life hung in the balance. after being kept in an oxygen chamber for five days to help with his damaged lungs, Chance was released to the care of the veterinary staff at .
Donations to the department’s Spirit Fund made saving Chance possible. The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians donated $2,500 to the fund last month.
After reviewing applications, the Cavanaugh family was selected to adopt Chance. The family of four lives in North Park says it feels like winning the lottery.
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