LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Life-saving efforts are underway to save a dog shot in the face.
The dog, named Lad, was found near Owensboro and is now in Louisville thanks to the Arrow Fund.
At the Blue Pearl Animal Clinic, it's an uphill battle to save the eight-month-old collie.
The most obvious trauma is to his lower jaw and he is in desperate need of surgery.
Before surgery can happen, however, an enormous amount of infection needs to be cleaned.
His new caretakers are amazed he survived at all. He is unable to eat or even drink with his jaw in pieces. They said he has likely been that way for days.
Lad weighs only 41 pounds, his fur masks his emaciated body.
Surgery will repair his jaw, but it will be a long process to heal completely.
The Arrow Fund takes on the worst cases of animal abuse and this is certainly one of them.
It's one step at a time for Lad and the search is on in Owensboro to find out who could do such a thing.
If you would like to donate to help Lad or any of the other animals sponsored by the Arrow Fund, click here or checks may be sent to The Arrow Fund P.O.Box 1127 Prospect, Kentucky 40059.