Dawson, Gunshot Victim, is Recovering Well!

Dawson is healing wonderfully!



Dawson can’t stop wiggling and giving our team kisses!

Despite everything he’s been through, this sweet, happy boy is healing wonderfully.

Dawson was brought to The Animal Foundation with a bullet wound in his chest. He was found bleeding profusely last week in a Las Vegas apartment complex. While we don’t have all the details of what happened to him, we do know Clark County Animal Protection Services is investigating.

We want to thank everyone who donated to Dawson. We are grateful for our community’s generosity and commitment to helping him heal.

You can read Dawson’s full story and donate to his care below.

Dawson was found bleeding profusely in a Las Vegas apartment complex.


Clark County Animal Protection Services arrived and noted it appeared the blood was coming from the top of the dog’s head, near his right ear.

He was rushed to The Animal Foundation, where we named him Dawson.

Our veterinary team found an open wound in his ear canal. An exam confirmed our worst fears — Dawson’s injury is from a bullet wound.


Dawson was shot with a handgun. The bullet was found embedded in his chest. We believe the gunshot wound is fresh and likely happened a few days before he was found.

Our team removed the 1cm bullet from Dawson and cleaned his wounds.


We don’t have all the details of this tragic incident, but Clark County Animal Protection Services is investigating.

Even though Dawson has a long road ahead of him, he is a sweet, wiggly boy who loves belly rubs.

Can you help us provide the critical care that Dawson needs so he can recover and lead a happy and healthy life?

We thank each and every one of you who support our shelter so that we can save animals like Dawson. Even if you aren’t able to donate at this time, you can help by sharing his story.

You can donate here:

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