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Dog shot during home invasion on the mend

Lenna was released from emergency care Saturday
Posted at 2:51 PM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 06:26:20-05

BALTIMORE — Lenna, the dog that received emergency medical care after being shot in the face during a home invasion, was transferred out of emergency care at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter as her health improved, BARCS announced Monday.

After arriving at BARCS’ emergency medical clinic last week, X-rays showed Lenna had been shot in the mouth and suffered two shattered teeth and a damaged tongue, with the bullet going through her throat and tonsils before lodging in her vertebrae.

Lenna has been receiving all her food and medicine through a tube in the side of her neck as her mouth heals, BARCS said. She also had a transfusion of blood after developing anemia from losing so much blood after being shot. Recently, she has felt well enough to stand and walk. Saturday she was transferred out of the veterinary ER and to a partner facility.

And through it all, she remains “focused on her #1 goal: distributing kisses,” a Facebook post from BARCS said. “Since her tongue needs to heal, we’ve been trying to keep the smooching to a minimum, but have promised Lenna that once she is well, she can give as many kisses as her heart desires.”

Lenna’s treatment was paid for by the Franky Fund, a medical fund established by BARCS to helps pay for critical, immediately lifesaving treatment provided by a partnering veterinary hospital who agrees to treat the animal at a lower costs to BARCS, the organization explains on its donation page. Those who want to learn more about the Franky Fund and donate can do so through the BARCS website.