Labrador left bloodied after gunshot attack

DOG ATTACK: Labrador Lola was found bloodied with about 30 wounds in her head in the Lockyer Valley last week with her owners now questioning what happened.
DOG ATTACK: Labrador Lola was found bloodied with about 30 wounds in her head in the Lockyer Valley last week with her owners now questioning what happened. Contributed

LABRADOR Lola has been left with 30 puncture wounds in her head after what her Lockyer Valley owners describe as a "sickening" attack.

Ben Davey and Kayla Evans' one-year-old pet is recovering slowly after she was found with a bloodied head on Thursday at her home at Grantham.

Ms Evans said she was home sick last week and had been outside playing with Lola on the day of the incident before going inside and returning to find the dog bloodied a couple of hours later.

"The last thing I thought of was a gun shot. I thought she had got a possum or something and didn't think too much about it," she said.

After calling her partner to tell him, they decided later that night to clip her hair away. They then discovered what they thought could be bite marks.

Ms Evans said she took Lola to work with her the next day. She is a vet nurse, and again no one suspected it could have been a gunshot wound.

"I took her home that night and I was thinking about it and it didn't make sense. She didn't have any scratches on her and the wounds were too disorganised for canine teeth," she said.

"I had the sinking feeling it was a shotgun."

Ms Evans took Lola for an x-ray on Saturday to discover there was 30 slug pellets embedded in her skin and forehead. Lola went into surgery for four hours and only seven slugs were able to be removed.

The couple are now speaking with specialists to find out how to remove the more than 20 pellets still lodged in Lola's head.

Ms Evans said Lola had been escaping her yard in recent weeks but that Lola was an "amazing" dog who was very trusting of people.

"I am not naive enough to think she hasn't tried to chase somebody's livestock or something but since she has been young she has been around young kittens, foals, calves, and she has never shown any signs of aggression," she said.

Ms Evans added that judging by the wounds, the person who shot her would have been about one to three metres away when it happened.

Lola also wears a bright pink collar with her name, as well as her owners' contact numbers and address. Ms Evans doesn't know why she was shot at such close range when the person would have close enough to see her collar and call them.

"We have only lived here about eight months and we have never once had anyone come to us and say the dog was getting out," she said.

"So this is out of the blue without warning which makes it so much harder to deal with."

While Lola will recover, she is swollen, in a lot of pain and traumatised.

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