Bugsy The Dog Fighting To Recover From Shooting In Mansfield

  • 4/18/2019 9:18:36 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - A small dog named Bugsy is currently rehabilitating from several gunshot wounds after he was shot outside his family's home in Mansfield on Tuesday.

Bugsy's owner, Megan Rose, had let her dog out around 1:00 AM on Tuesday to use the bathroom when she heard gunshots outside. When she found Bugsy, he had been shot numerous times and was bleeding profusely. A family member called 911 and Megan rushed her dog to the veterinarian for treatment.

Bugsy had several gunshot wounds, a fracture, severe bruising, and appeared to have trouble breathing.

"Everything that they wanted to do was gonna be really costly," Megan told WMFD. "I paid for what I was able to pay for that night, for them to clean and clip the wounds and apply a pressure bandage, stabilize him and give him warm fluids... I paid for what I could and I brought him home."

The vet initially suggested that Megan apply for a $5,000 credit card, as the bills for Bugsy's care may have reached anywhere between $5,000 and $7,000 after x-rays and potential surgeries. When Megan didn't receive the funding, a friend of the family decided to set up a GoFundMe page for Bugsy's vet bills. They had managed to raise a little over $400 towards their ultimate goal when they recieved some good news.

Back in July of 2018, when an abused cat named Katy P arrived at the Humane Society of Richland County for treatment, donations poured in from around the world to be put towards her care. When Katy P was healed, the remaining money was put into a fund designated specifically for animal abuse cases. When the Executive Director of the Humane Society, Missy Houghton, heard about Bugsy, she brought the issue to the board. They immediately agreed to cover the costs of Bugsy's care.

"Going on five years I've had this little dog, and he's my best friend," Megan said tearfully. Her family rescued the pug-chihuahua mix five years ago when they found him starving and alone. "I love him, and I don't ever want to see him hurt like this. It's been so hard. But he's a lot stronger than I ever thought he was... he's incredible, and I love him."

As for the person who fired those shots, it is unknown whether they were aiming specifically for Bugsy. Several reports of shots fired were filed with the Mansfield Police Department that night, but as of yet there is no information on who hurt Bugsy.

More information can be found on Bugsy's GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/help-bugsys-vet-costs

Bugsy is still fighting to recover from his injuries. Check back for updates on Bugsy's condition.

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