BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- A five-year-old Great White Pyrenees, named Griff, was saved after a driver saw him struggling to take single steps while walking down a road in Oakland.
A passerby immediately called the Bowling Green Humane Society, concerned the dog possibly had a broken leg. Upon arrival, professionals learned Griff's ailments were much more extreme.
“All of the stars have aligned to make him still be alive at this point," said Elizabeth Cooper, adoption counselor.
Elizabeth Cooper responded to the driver's call and says his mannerisms showed severe signs of neglect. Cooper says she approached the intimidated dog cautiously.
"It took me about a quarter of a mile to catch him. Once I did, he kind of dropped to the ground and looked at me and gave up. I think he knew at that point I was going to help him," said Elizabeth Cooper, adoption counselor.
Cooper then spent five hours shaving Griff's matted fur, in order to examine his bloody wounds.
"He had fleas, ticks and maggots all over his body. They were pretty much on every orifice you can find," said Elizabeth Cooper, adoption counselor.
But the neglect did not stop there. Cooper observed over ten areas where bullets have entered Griff's innocent body.
"He has at least four gun shot wounds in his face. he has two bullets still in his neck. a bullet or two shattered this leg completely. This leg, he has three bullets here," said Elizabeth Cooper, adoption counselor.
Cooper says it is hard to determine just how old these gun shot wounds are. She says his front leg may have to be amputated, as it was nearly shattered in half and was dangling when he was rescued.
Once Griff is able to have surgery on his leg, they will remove as many bullets as possible.
Cooper says the community has been a major help in Griff's recovery. The Humane Society reached out on Facebook, requesting $600 for Griff's medical expenses. To date, the community has donated almost $6,000.
"There are so many animals that come in every day that need this kind of care that don't get the same publicity and every bit of this extra money is going to go in our sick and injured fund," said Elizabeth Cooper, adoption counselor.
Cooper says Griff came in at sixty-eight pounds, and should be around one-hundred-twenty pounds. She says his appetite has increased since he arrived.
"I think we were destined to meet each other," said Elizabeth Cooper, adoption counselor.
Cooper says she will foster Griff until he is completely healed. A family has already been selected to adopt him.