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Dog who was reportedly shot in head by owner ready for adoption

Posted: 2:27 PM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 18:23:25-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The dog that was reportedly shot in the head by her owner in Lexington is now ready for a new life.

Damien Crump was charged with animal torture after the dog, Zora, was found in the backyard suffering.

Humane Society officials said Zora is now healed and they are looking for a very special foster that would hopefully turn into her forever home.

"She did have two bullets in her head. Our vet was able to remove one bullet, however the other one was too close to vital structures, so it was too dangerous," said Ashley Hammond from the Lexington Humane Society.

Animal control officers said Zora was shot in the head twice by her owner Crump.

A neighbor told LEX 18 that he heard the dogs cries and called police. He also said that Crump told him he shot Zora because she'd "gone after" one of his kids the day before.

"We were heartbroken, but we were so glad when she came to us. Our partner organization responded immediately upon hearing about her situation," said Hammond.

Hammond also said that they have worked closely with Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control to make sure Zora heals.

"She's very popular around here. We have staff and volunteers that come visit her a lot, she goes on car rides with some of our volunteers, gets a lot of treats..." Hammond said.

Hammond also said that Zora is doing fantastic now and the time has come for her to "just be a dog" in a forever home.

"We are currently looking for a foster home that she can go to. Our hopes are that it would be a foster to adopt," Hammond said.

Officials said that the ideal foster home for Zora would be a single woman, but they will assess on a case-by-case basis.

If you're interested in adopting Zora, please contact the Lexington Humane Society at (859) 233-0044.