The owner took Kiki to the Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Springfield on Monday after an officer shot the dog in the head. The officer was responding to an aggressive dog call. He said Kiki made an aggressive move towards him, that’s when he shot the pit bull.
The vet says based on the dog’s condition it didn’t appear that the bullet went into the brain cavity. The pit bull was still walking, barking and responding.
So she says it’s best in this case to leave the bullet alone and not have it surgically removed.
“In this instance since there was an active heavy hemorrhage, since neurologically she was intact, the potential for damage and remove the bullet was much higher than to treat medically for it and leave it where it is,” said Dr. Meg Schneck with the Emergency Veterinary Hospital.
Kiki’s owner told KEZI 9 News that they didn’t have the surgery because they didn’t have the money. It’s estimated to cost about $2,000 to have the bullet removed.
The vet says depending on how she progresses there may be a new diagnosis, but that’s unlikely.