Puppy survives after being hit by bullet in Salem shooting



SALEM, Oregon (KPTV) – A small Salem puppy was caught in the crossfire in a gunfight and her foster owner says she would not be alive if the police didn’t rescue her.

In May, police reportedly fired multiple shots at a gas station near Northeast Clay and Cypress Streets. Officials said the group in that car crashed, then ran away and still wasn’t found.

The bullets hit several cars. Including one who had a dog and her three pups. One of them was a villain. The officers took the animals to the hospital, two of them died, but the mother and the villain survived.

Toshia Stenger works at Salem Oregon Animal Rehabilitation where Rogue was taken and is now the puppy’s foster mother. She has been working on mending her left paw that was hit by a bullet for weeks. Stenger says Rogue is now 13 and a half weeks old and full of life and energy. She now wants to find the officers who rescued the dogs and thank them.

“Not only did you save her life, you just gave her a second chance. The officers never get to see many of their success stories to let them know what good they have done, ”Stenger said.

She added that the dogs belonged to a man who lived in his car who couldn’t afford to take them to the hospital, so officials did it. Stenger says Rogue’s mother is also recovering and was reunited with other pups that she has. If you’re wondering, Rogue isn’t up for adoption just yet.

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