Minding his own business, in his safe paddock, at a very nice Oregon boarding facility – Jasper was shot, TWICE. Jasper was looking at his attackers when they shot him IN THE FACE. The bullet went through his cheek and into his neck. As Jasper turned to run, they shot him again and exploded his rear left leg muscles.
The bullet in his neck needs to be very carefully, surgically removed by a specialist as it is lodged too close to important vertebrae. The muscle in his leg needs to be repaired and that bullet removed. Jasper is in pain.
WHO WOULD DO THIS?! JASPER IS IN SO MUCH PAIN… AND DANGER. He should move very little until that neck bullet is removed.
Jasper is alive. But his is really sick and in grave danger of that bullet knicking something vitally important in his neck.
Let’s help his owner and Jasper deal with this shocking, obscene, random violent act against an innocent animal. Let’s help Jasper and his owner afford his life-saving surgery. COULD YOU IMAGINE IF THIS HAPPENED TO YOU?!
I spoke to Jasper’s owner today while the vet was there, flushing his wounds for the umpteenth time in 24 hours.
She said that this happened, they think, at 3:15am. A neighbor heard gunshots.
The next morning, when breakfast was being delivered, Jasper wouldn’t eat. Then, when he heard a door slam, Jasper ran/stumbled out of his paddock with his head in an odd position. At that point, the barn owner knew something was up – and checked him.
What she thought she was seeing in his neck was a puncture wound – like maybe a stick or something. Except there was blood all over his cheek and neck…? Then she saw his leg… and couldn’t figure it out. How could a stick poke him like this and make a huge wound in his leg. Nothing made sense and his leg was swollen ‘like a balloon’ and he couldn’t bear weight. On a hunch, the barn owner ran to the fenceline – and found shell casings.
Immediately, everyone went into emergency action. The vet and sheriff were called. Jasper’s local vet cleaned and flushed his wounds – and realized after Xrays, that this was beyond her capabilities. This was too close to his spine and very dangerous. The specialist was called and Jasper sees him today.
So far, no leads on the perps.
PROGNOSIS – Jasper will see the specialist TODAY.
No one knows his prognosis because of the bullet in his neck, near his spine. But if they can remove it without complications, he will survive. The bullet in his leg muscle has to be removed and some of the muscle will be forever gone. It will have atrophy. They are hoping he can bear weight after the removal of the bullet and ensuing infection.
Jasper is a 9 year-old half Paint, half Freisian pleasure horse. His owner loves him and understands that this may be the end of his soundness. But, she just wants those bullets OUT – and to nurse him back to health.
Let’s please help both Jasper and his owner through this ordeal. Having something like this happen is a nightmare. Let’s carry them on our shoulders so that part of the worry can be eased.
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