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Dog 'beaten and set on fire' continuing recovery after surgery

Bruce is recovering from his injuries Credit: RSPCA

A dog believed to have been beaten and set on fire near Carlisle is continuing to recover following surgery.

The bull-lurcher, named Bruce by vets, was discovered with serious injuries at Little Orton on Thursday.

An RSCPC appeal for information was widely shared and commented about on social media

Bruce, who was named by the vets, has undergone surgery to remove his eye which was damaged beyond repair.

The RSPCA said he is continuing to respond to treatment but the severe nature of his injuries mean vets are just taking his recovery one day at a time.

"I've worked for the RSPCA for 10 years now and you hear of horrific things happening up and down the country but this is by far the worst that I've personally seen.

"The pain and fear that Bruce must have gone through during this attack is just unimaginable."

– Sam Jopson, RSPCA inspector


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Dog shot in Carlisle 'lucky to be alive'

The Border terrier cross was targeted in the Sanderson Close area of the city Credit: ITV Border

Vets say a dog which was shot in Carlisle is lucky to be alive.

The Border Patterdale Terrier cross, named Sam, was targeted with an air rifle and suffered a punctured lung and internal bleeding.

The incident happened in the Sanderson Close area of the city between 7am and 7.30am yesterday, 9 August 2017.

Sam's owner, Emma Edgar, says the family have been left distraught and are asking anyone with information to contact the police:

Sam's vet, Charlotte Denston, says he's out of danger in the short term but it is too soon to know if there will be long-term complications.

He's been incredibly lucky because during the path the bullet has managed to miss his heart, quite a few major blood vessels and we think has succeeded in missing his food pipe so he's incredibly lucky to be alive.

– Charlotte Denston, Vet
The pellet is visible towards the left of the x-ray Credit: Coomara Vets

Anyone with any information should email or call 101.


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