The dog found shot three times and left for dead June 5 near Beehive Reservoir continues to show improvement but still has issues to overcome.
The investigation into the shooting, meanwhile, is being handled by the Wenatchee Police Department.
Initially, the Chelan County Sheriff’s office had been investigating but turned it over to the city because of an undisclosed conflict of interest, said Wenatchee police Capt. Edgar Reinfeld.
The dog was found on the road to Mission Ridge and Beehive Road.
Reinfeld said he expects an announcement later this week about the case.
Bullet still remains in his shoulder
Dawn Davies of the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society said two of the three bullets have been removed.
“He’s not totally out of the woods, but he’s certainly doing better,” Davies said.
The pit bull-terrier mix, who has been called both Louie and Cane, also is recovering from a torn ACL that Davies believes he suffered trying to get away from the shooter.
Two bullets were removed from the dog’s head and he appeared ready to leave Cascade Veterinary Clinic.
But over the weekend, after he went home to “medical foster” care, the remaining bullet in his shoulder was causing him problems, Davies said.
He then was returned to the clinic.
The bullet is not near any vital organs or bones but is causing him pain and discomfort, Davies said.
Thus, the bullet is likely to be taken out soon, she said.
Whether the dog will ever make a full recovery is still unclear, she said.
“It’s probably too early to say just yet, there’s a few more things that need to be done. … He’ll always have a few issues but just kind of one thing at a time,” Davies said.
Donations to help with the dog’s medical expenses can be made through the Humane Society’s online medical fund.