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By Archie Ingersoll, Forum Communications Co., Published May 18 2010

Dog found with gunshot wound reunited with owner

A dog found last week near Warren, Minn., with a gunshot wound in its back leg has been reunited with its owner.

The Grand Forks Herald ran a story about the dog Saturday, and Travis Carl’s mom spotted the photo of her son’s dog, Ash, and called him.

“She said, ‘Hey, your dog is on the front page of the paper,’ ” Carl said.

Carl, 24, said he was at the animal shelter in Crookston at 9:20 a.m., 10 minutes before it opened.

He said Ash got free from his collar Tuesday morning. “He loves to run,” Carl said of his dog who’s nearly 2 years old. “He really likes chasing animals.”

Carl and his roommates went looking for Ash – half golden retriever, half Brittany spaniel – but couldn’t find him.

On Wednesday, about a mile from Carl’s home, workers mowing grass on the grounds of the Audubon wildlife sanctuary east of Warren found Ash. He was his happy-go-lucky self, but his leg was injured and he had no identification tags.

The Humane Society in Crookston took the pup in – naming him Red, for the time being, because of the color of his coat. A veterinarian determined that a gunshot tore tendons and fractured bones in Ash’s leg.

Carl said he doesn’t know who shot Ash or why. Nevertheless, he said, the dog’s doing well.

“He’s a tough little guy,” Carl said. “He’s just as chipper as ever.”

Carl said Ash’s leg may require surgery or it may need to be amputated. Ash is scheduled to have more X-rays on Thursday.

“If we can save his leg, we’ll definitely do it,” he said. “He’s got way too much energy for three legs.”

Carl said he’s starting a fund to help cover the cost of treating Ash’s leg. The bill has already reached $500, he said. To help pay Ash’s medical bills, call (218) 201-0992 or (218) 201-0134.

Ingersoll is a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.