Dog used as 'target practice' and left for dead is now recovering

Dog Used for 'Target Practice' Recovering from Gunshot Wounds

DE SOTO, Iowa (WHO) -- An Iowa pet rescue group is caring for a dog that was dumped in a lake, shot and left for dead in Oklahoma.

Amy Heinz said Miracle came to her shelter, AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport, over the weekend after a friend from another rescue reached out to her.

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"She reached out and sent me a picture, said this dog has been 'Shot, thrown in a lake and shot. Can you help?'" said Heinz.

The 6-year-old Heeler-Beagle mix was reportedly being used as target practice before she was thrown into a rural Oklahoma lake. A Good Samaritan came to the dog's rescue.

"I don't understand what kind of monsters do this," said Heinz.

Heinz trekked to Kansas City over the weekend to meet the rescue group from Oklahoma and pick up Miracle.

Volunteers took Miracle straight to Iowa Veterinary Referral Center for treatment. Doctors say the bullet that was shot into the pup's face broke her jaw and became lodged in her side. Vets at IVRC were able to retrieve the bullet, which Jannay Towne shows below.

Another bullet grazed the top of Miracle's head, but it didn't penetrate her skull.

Despite all the abuse, Miracle is living up to her name.

"She's going around pretty comfortable, and I think that attests to how much fight she has in her as well because it has to be very painful. But she's on good pain medication and once everything gets fixed with surgery, she should be on her way to recovery," said Cory Janssen, of the Iowa Veterinary Referral Center.

But it's a miracle that she survived.

"Just by a few inches. She got very, very lucky," Janssen said.

"This is all-out cruelty. These people intended to be cruel, and they can get away with it because the laws really are not that strict," Heinz said.

The rescue group in Oklahoma contacted authorities, but they're not holding out hope that whoever hurt the dog will be caught. The rescuer said she wouldn't be surprised if this kind of thing happened every day there.

AHeinz57, based out of De Soto, already has a foster home in Iowa lined up for her. If surgery isn't needed for the other bullets in the pup, she will be able to go to her new home this week.

But If you'd like to help with Miracle's medical bills, which will be costly, you can make a donation at

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