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Woman Rescues Puppy After It Was Shot in Back

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PROSSER, WA. -- Don't ignore animal abuse in the Yakima Valley. That's what one Prosser animal shelter is saying after finding a dog tortured in the most appalling way. 

Alex is a quiet peaceful dog.

"He's a very sweet dog and he just loves people," Yvette Yvette Fitzjarrald said. "Given what he's been through he has every reason to not like people and some would say even hate people. But he just loves them."

Alex is only about 9-months-old. But in that short time, he's already been through the unimaginable. 

"We drove by and I noticed him wandering in the field," Yvette said. "I could see that he was limping and I could see something wrong with his back. I wasn't sure what it was but I know that he needed help."

Yvette, who runs "A Paw Up" Animal Shelter out of her Prosser home, took all day Monday to capture him. When she took him to the vet, she was shocked by what they found. Someone shot Alex in the back. 

"He was not shot with a shotgun or a pellet gun he was actually shot with bullets. either a high caliber rifle or a handgun," she told us. "At least twice and maybe three times."

The vets immediately took him to surgery. Alex was luck. After surgery, besides a couple broken bones, he was OK. But that doesn't make Yvette feel any better. 

"But it's disappointing that people can treat animals like that," Yvette said. "You wonder how they treat the loved ones in their lives."

Yvette worked with Prosser Animal Control for several years and says Alex is just one example of a big problem throughout the Yakima Valley. 

"There's a huge stray population, many people when they move, I believe they just can't find a home for their dog or they don't try," Yvette said. 

But Alex is also an example of survival. 

"He's a great dog, he'll make a great pet for somebody," she said. 

Thankfully, aggression has been the least of Yvette's concerns so far. And now Alex, despite the horrible things he's been through, has a second shot at life. 

Yvette doesn't know why Alex was shot. She thinks he may have been used for target practice. But she says it is common to have people shoot dogs to put them out of their misery so to speak. Yvette wants people in the valley to know there are other options, like adoption for those pets, to avoid something like this. 

Yvette wants to find Alex a happy home sometime in the next couple months. If you want to apply to adopt Alex, send us an email news@nbcrightnow.com or look up "A Paw Up Rescue" on Facebook.