A dog at the Williams Lake SPCA requires surgery after his leg was shot off at the elbow.

A dog at the Williams Lake SPCA requires surgery after his leg was shot off at the elbow.

UPDATE: Dog recovering from surgery after being shot

Thanks to the generosity of the public, a dog is recovering from surgery at the SPCA after being shot.

  • Oct. 20, 2016 8:00 a.m.


Thanks to the generosity of the public, a dog at the Williams Lake SPCA is recovering from surgery to amputate his leg after he was shot.

When Max’s story was shared last Thursday, donations came into the SPCA very quickly to cover the $1,500 cost of his surgery, said manager Liz Dighton Monday.

“The fact that he had been shot and was hiding from the public for two weeks really struck a chord with people.”

Max, who is a German Shepherd Husky mix, is recovering well and learning how to balance on three legs.

Dighton said he will have to be moved to Vancouver for adoption because the legal requirement is that he undergo a behaviour assessment.

The local branch is closed until Thursday, Oct. 27, because staff are dealing with an overload of animals, she added.


The Williams Lake SPCA is hoping the public can help with the costs of surgery for a dog whose leg was shot off at the elbow.

After being shot with a gun a white German Shepherd-husky mix named Max was left with a wound, exposed broken and shattered bones, and infection.

“A Good Samaritan spotted Max about two weeks ago, but he was hiding from people – with good reason, I’d say – so it took some effort to get him into BC SPCA care,” Williams Lake and District Branch manager Liz Dighton said. “This guy was all tail wags and kisses, even with the excruciating pain he must have been in.”

After surgery, expected to exceed $1,500, rehabilitation and recovery, Max will be available for adoption, Dighton added.

“We just want Max to have the chance to live a happy and active life in a loving, forever home,” Dighton says. “He’s got a lot of love to give and he is such a sweetheart! Hopefully we can find the perfect match for this tri-pawed pup, when he’s ready.”

As a non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies on public donations to carry out its life-saving work across the province.

If you can help Max and other animals like him at the Williams Lake SPCA, you can donate online at spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or in person, at 709 Bond Lake Rd., Williams Lake.


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