On Monday of this week, we were presented with a Golden Retriever named Jax that was deliberately shot in front of his owner’s house located on 4th Ave, east of Fruitland. The owner was in the house when she heard Jax barking. When she went outside to see what was up, she witnessed a person in a tan, older model Ford pickup shoot Jax from the side of the road and leave.
When Jax was brought to Dr. Janitell at Snake River Veterinary Center, he was shocky, painful, and had a bullet wound in his lower abdomen. He had lost a significant amount of blood. Dr. Janitell was able to stabilze Jax with IV fluids and then proceeded to perform surgery to evaluate the damage done to Jax’s internal organs. Dr. Janitell explored his abdomen and found 3 or 4 sections of small intestine that were damaged by the bullet. Drs. Janitell and Varriale were able to repair the wounds but had to remove several sections of small intestine. Jax was in surgery for more than 3 hours.
Today, we are happy to say that Jax is going home. He is still very sore and has a lot of healing and recuperating to do, but his attitude is improving daily. We are optimistic that he will make a complete recovery.
We are all shocked and saddened that something like this happened. Jax’s owners live in the country and have no close neighbors. They can not understand why someone would want to harm Jax in any way. Our hope is that someone may recognize the pickup description or be able to help find out why this happened. The Payette County Sherrif was notified but has little to work with. Our concern is that something like this could happen again. If you have any information please call the Payette County Sherrif at 642-6008.