JAMESTOWN, N.Y. -- Lucky the dog has a new home after his ordeal brought out the generosity and kindness of people in the Jamestown area and elsewhere.
Lucky is a one year old Golden Retriever - Shepherd mix who was spotted last week wandering around a park across from the Prendergast Library at Sixth and Cherry in Jamestown. Staffers noticed the dog was only using three legs and favoring one of his front legs. The Jamestown Dog Control Officer was unable to catch the stray animal but apparently he responded to library staffers. They in turn called Patty Bush who runs the Pick of the Litter shelter in Falconer and she agreed to pick him up.
Bush then took the dog to the Falconer Veterinary Clinic where a doctor used an X-ray and determined the dog had been shot some time ago in the rib cage and front leg with evidence of bullet fragments. The doctor was surprised the dog did not die of an infection.
The dog's leg was amputated because it could no longer be used but Lucky now gets around on three legs.
Ashley Moran, a JCC student who works part - time at the library, started a fundraising drive and says she raised $600 dollars in a week to help with the costs of Lucky's care and surgery. Contributions came in from other library staffers, businesses, family, and strangers through Facebook. She could not adopt him because she is allergic to dogs.
Now Lucky has recovered and he has been adopted to live with a new, caring owner.
Animal Control Officer Greg Fye says at this point they cannot investigate the shooting of the dog. He points out that the wounds occurred sometime ago and there is no trace of the dog's owner or who was responsible. Fye thinks the dog was just dropped off near the park last week.