Dog Survives 2 Shots to Head

Dearborn Animal Hospital helps Cindy recover after she was tossed out with the trash.


is helping a dog recover after she was shot twice in the head and tossed to the curb in a plastic garbage bag.

DeKalb County animal control officers brought Cindy to the animal hospital on College Avenue July 19. According to Meeka Parrish, DeKalb police spokeswoman, the owner shot the dog twice in the head because she used the bathroom in the house.

Thinking Cindy was dead, the man put her into a bag with the rest of the household garbage, Parrish said.

"The trash was out at the curb waiting for pickup," Parrish said.

But Cindy was alive and some women walking by heard her whimpering, Parrish said. They called authorities.

"She was pretty shaky when she came in," said Callie Mizell, one of the veterinarians at the animal hospital. "She was weak and didn't want to stand up. She had blood all over her."

X-rays showed bullet fragments in Cindy's head, but the vets decided against doing surgery. Her jaw was broken she could only eat soft food and liquids. The Chow mix improved rapidly.

"She's eating regular food now," Mizell said. "She's doing great. She seems comfortable."

Meanwhile, DeKalb police kept investigating the case and filed felony charges against Cindy's owner, Christopher Woods of Ponce de Leon Avenue, Parrish said. He was released from jail under $10,000 bond.

Scott Zimmerman, the practice manager at Dearborn, said Cindy is about 6 years old. She gets along well with most humans and dogs, he said, and will be put up for adoption after she recovers.

"It will take the right person, the right family," Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman said animal control brings a badly injured animal to Dearborn every few months. "We make it our policy -- if the animal needs care we give it," he said.

Anybody who wants to help pay Cindy's vet bill can go to www.dearbornanimalhospital.com.

kory chatelain August 16, 2011 at 10:45 PM
The owner of Cindy should be shot in the head twice and tossed out with the trash. I bet he wouldn't like it!!!!!
Cynthia L. Armistead August 17, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Oh, that poor puppy! I'm with Kory on what should be done to the perpetrator. Thank you to the women, animal control, the police, and Dearborn Animal Hospital for saving Cindy. I hope she finds a wonderful forever home.
Bonnie Walker August 18, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Dr. Ellington and staff at Dearborn are the best! I was surprised to see the story on the news last night, but not that they nursed the pup back to health for a forever home! They take care of my kids and all should patronize the practice. You can trust that they will take the time to make the correct diagnosis and provide the best treatments.
Jacki McDonald August 22, 2011 at 03:07 AM
Though Cindy's ordeal brings tears to my eyes and a pit in my stomach, I'm so grateful for all the people who participated in saving her...AND the police who made sure her "owner" is held accountable for his horrendous actions.
Therra C. Gwyn August 22, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Thanks for writing this article Ralph and getting the word out on an animal who needs help. Blessings to this sweet dog and all who helped save her.


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