Puppy loses leg after being shot twice in TN home invasion

Hattie will now have a new home. Image courtesy WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A puppy was shot in a drug deal gone bad, but there’s a positive update Wednesday to a negative story.

It began when Metro police were called to a home invasion robbery two weeks ago in Bellevue.

Hattie
Hattie (Courtesy: Nashville Veterinary Specialists)

After entering the apartment, authorities say one of the suspects shot an 8-month-old puppy twice.

The dog was reportedly barking in the bathroom when the bullets entered his back and right front leg.

Bleeding and scared, the dog was missing for two whole days. When she was finally found, she was rushed to the vets at Nashville’s Veterinary Specialists. While there have been no arrests, the 8-month-old dog shot by the invaders is recovering and will soon be adopted.

The puppy, named Hattie, suffered shattered bones and nerve damage.

Hattie
Hattie (Photo: WKRN)

“Because of that, doctors decided the best course of action is to amputate,” said Dr. Staci Cannon, the medical director for Metro Animal Care and Control.

“She probably didn’t have food or water; she was bleeding and dragging that leg,” Cannon added.

The doctor said the fracture isn’t one that’s easy to repair. There are a lot of nerves in the area so she wouldn’t be able to bear weight on the leg.

Dr. Raley White, who was part of the team that operated on Hattie, and who is also seriously considering adopting her, said the dog is doing well.

“She’ll never know [her leg] is gone,” Dr. White said. “I think she’s young enough. She will learn to maneuver and get around. She’s figured out stairs, how to get on the couch, stuff like that.”

Hattie the three-legged pup is expected to make a full recovery. Metro police say no arrests have been made in the home invasion.

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