A small dog in Belmont County is lucky to be alive.
The dog was shot in the leg, possibly by hunters, and left to die in the woods near Flushing.
But another group of hunters came along and discovered him, and his story has a happy ending.
Animal Rescue officials believe the dog may have been there four or five days or more.
The 35-pound Australian Heeler-border collie mix was rescued by a group of hunters.
The Belmont County Animal Rescue League took over from there.
They took him to the vet in Barnesville, and now he's recovering from surgery.
"He had his leg amputated by Barnesville Veterinary Services," says Mandae Lewis, Belmont County Humane Officer. "And he's still being treated. He's on antibiotics and pain medication. His leg was full of infection. If those hunters, the Velka family of Flushing, hadn't found him where they were hunting, he would have died."
He's out of the animal hospital, and recovering at the Belmont County Animal Shelter.
They named him Velka, after the family who found him.
The Animal Rescue League is investigating the shooting.
If you know anything, please call the Belmont County Shelter at (740) 695-4708.