Beefcakes, local dog shot by owner, up for adoption

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LONGMONT, Colo. — The Colorado dog who was shot in the head this summer is recovering and up for adoption on Monday.

Beefcakes was brought to Longmont Humane Society in July after suffering from a gunshot to his head.

A bullet was lodged in the dog’s jaw and his jaw bone was fractured in multiple locations, according to Boulder officials this summer.  He has undergone several surgeries to repair bone damage and is healing nicely, the Humane Society reported.

The man who shot the dog, Russell Middleton, 38, was arrested on July 20. He was charged with cruelty to animals, possession of weapons by a previous offender, violation of bail bond conditions and one count of violation of a protection order.

Middleton initially alleged that Beefcakes had bitten a Chihuahua on the leg.

The Humane Society determined that the three-year-old pooch is best suited to a home with no other animals, but he is friendly and a home with any age children will be fine.

“Because Beefcakes’ experience has brought about much media and community attention, and to assure that he goes to an appropriate home, the adoption process is somewhat different than our usual process,” a humane society spokesperson wrote.

Beefcakes will be available for visits at Longmont Humane Society during the times below:

Sunday Dec. 20 between 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Monday Dec. 21 between 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Applications for adoption will be accepted by the humane society on those days.  Then on Tuesday, if an appropriate adopter has been selected, they will be notified.

Officials warn possible adopters that Beefcakes medical care totals over $12,000 and his adoption fee is $85.

The Humane Society’s Facebook featured a  video of a happy pooch.

Beefcakes also has a congenital heart murmur that was surgically repaired earlier this month, according to the Humane Society.  He is on medication to help his heart and a 30 day supply of this medication will be provided upon adoption.

Any further medical care or medication will be the responsibility of the adopter.

Additional information is available regarding his behavior and his medical care. If interested, please feel free to contact the Longmont Humane Society.

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