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Update: Hawkins County dog recovering after being shot in the face

Posted: Updated: July 22, 2013 09:52 AM EDT


It's a News Channel 11 update tugging at the heartstrings of hundreds flocking to social media to learn more about the pup named Riley.

News Channel 11 first broke this story this weekend, after the wounded dog was brought into the shelter Thursday. Since our report, the Hawkins County Humane Society says it has receiving an outpouring of support for the animal.

Today, Kylie McGivern returned to what has become a safe haven for Riley. She spoke with caretakers about Riley's progress, and what the shelter says is the bigger issue at hand - the need to bring justice to abused animals.


A dog in Hawkins County is recovering after she was shot in the face earlier this week. We first found out about this story from a viewer on our Facebook Page.

Thursday afternoon two residents of Surgoinsville brought a dog into the Hawkins County Humane Society.

Workers there now call the dog Riley. The humane society normally doesn't take injured animals, but Riley was an exception. 

"The [owner] just didn't want the dog anymore, so he shot her, " said Sandy Behnke, Assistant Manager at Hawkins County Humane Society told News Channel 11.

 "It went into her side of her mouth, shattered all her teeth. She still has shrapnel in her face right now," Behnke described.

Vanessa Collins, Manager at the Hawkins County Humane Society, recalls Riley having similar wounds, "...bleeding from her face, her teeth were shattered, she was actually bleeding out of her nose also."

"The president had already came and told us to go ahead and take her to the vet, that she needed vet care A.S.A.P.," said Collins.

And that decision most likely saved Riley's life, "She would of died. For sure, she would of died," said Behnke.

Riley is currently recovering from physical wounds, but isn't letting her emotional wounds stop her from finding a forever home.

"She didn't deserve this," said Collins. "She's the most loving dog. She holds no grudges, and she's resilient at this point."

But officials with humane society said they want justice served. "I do want charges pressed. The person who did this needs to pay," said Collins.

The Hawkins County Sheriff's Department told News Channel 11 they filed a report and are currently investigating the case.

The Humane Society is paying out of pocket for Riley's vet bills. She has received an outpouring of support on social media. The humane society hopes that support can turn to monetary support to help cover Riley's necessary bills, and a permanent home.

For more information on how you can help with Riley's medical bills or adopt her:

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