Used as a training target, this dog, scarred for life and waiting for a home, still has a lot to offer….
Mike Diesel had not hesitated for a second to come to the rescue of a dog with a gunshot wound, who, despite the ordeal he had just gone through, had lost none of his friendly nature.
Mike Diesel is the founder of Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue, an organization that collects, cares for and adopts abandoned and stray dogs in the city of Detroit, Michigan.
He had just rescued a dog and put it in his car when he was contacted to inform him that another animal was in great distress and needed help. The quadruped in question had been shot and was in the Rouge Park area in the west end of town. He had probably been targeted by children, reports The Dodo.
The man immediately went to the scene and found the dog, which had been hit in the shoulder.
He took him to a veterinary clinic, where an X-ray examination confirmed the presence of a bullet, but also revealed an almost miraculous fact: the bullet had not hit any vital organ. It had even hit the face, but had left only a small lesion. This scar led Mike Diesel to call him Lucky, in reference to the famous gangster Lucky Luciano, who was known for his scars.
The vet gave him the necessary care, but he decided not to remove the bullet, leaving it in Lucky’s body being safer than operating to remove it. During his convalescence, he wore a sweater that Mike bought second-hand to prevent him from scratching, a garment he easily accepted, maybe even liked.
In spite of all that he has endured, Lucky shows no signs of trauma. Very friendly, he starts licking anyone who comes to meet him, starting, of course, with Mike Diesel, who has kept him at home until he can find an adoptive family for him.