Rescue group believes dog was used for target practice in Georgia


NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WESH) – A dog rescued from Georgia is now safe and loved in a new home, but her new family in Florida was shocked to learn about her past.

Tessi was taken from unknown conditions, and while her family has had her for a month now, just last week they found out her whole body is riddled with birdshot.

It all started when Tessi’s new mom noticed head tremors and took her to the vet. That’s when they found an unbelievable amount of pellets in Tessi’s body — from her hips, to her neck and knees.

The New Smyrna Beach rescue group that took her in said they believe she was used as target practice in Georgia.

“How can someone do that? I do not understand. A sweet, obedient, and just… I don’t get it. I don’t understand,” owner Melissa Pilarsky said, baffled.

Tessi’s vet visits are adding up: $1,000 in blood work and at least $3,000 for a new heartworm diagnosis. Plus, a bird shot lodged behind her knee – which prevents her from walking or getting up and down stairs – will require a $3,000 to $5,000 surgery.

The group, Sophie’s Circle Dog Rescue has a Facebook campaign up for Sophie’s medical expenses. If you’re considering making a donation, visit here.

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