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Martin police rescue starved, injured dog


They say cats have nine lives, but what about a dog?

One Floyd County canine is lucky to be alive, after police rescued the animal from the brink of starvation.

Castle is one lucky pup. He's named after the Martin city police officer who rescued him Monday night, shaking and wet, but alive.

"I don't think he could have lasted much longer," said Lieutenant Matthew Castle. "You know like I said, he was so malnourished that he couldn't even use his hind legs. He was having to walk on his front paws."

Word spread quickly on Facebook that the dog needed help. The Floyd County Animal Shelter came to his aid, getting Castle food and much needed medical attention.

"We did actually fit him for a wheelchair this morning to help him get around. He really hated that so we're just going to let that go," said shelter manager Shauna Brown.

On top of being malnourished, vets determined he had been hit by a car, and also had two gunshot wounds.

"He was probably getting into people's garbage or something like that, and they decided to shoot him with pellet guns," Brown said.

Castle might not be doing so well right now, but folks at the shelter say they are hopefull he'll make a full recovery.

"After you know he gains some weight and gets a little more social, we know that he's going to be ok, then we will place him in a home or send him to a rescue who will find him a home," said Brown.

And Lieutenant Castle? He says he's honored to have the dog as his namesake and hopes he gets well soon.

"I'm glad that we found him and we got to get it some help," he said.

It was a close call, but the tough pup is living proof that every dog has his day.

The Floyd County Animal Shelter has many more cats and dogs ready for adoption. You can contact the shelter at 606-886-3189.

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