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Dog reunited with owner after being shot

A dog found last week near Warren, Minn., with a gunshot wound in its back leg has been reunited with its owner.

The Herald ran a story about the pup Saturday, and Travis Carl's mom spotted the photo of her son's dog, Ash, and called him.

"She said, 'Hey, your dog is on the front page of the paper,' " Carl said.

Carl, 24, got the call from his mom at 7 a.m. Saturday, and he was at the animal shelter in Crookston at 9:20 a.m., 10 minutes before it opened.

"I was ready to get him," he said. "I got over there as soon as I could."

So was your dog happy to see you?

"For the most part, he just needed to pee. He went shooting outside," Carl said. "I've never seen an animal that small hold that much liquid before."

He said Ash got free from his collar last Tuesday morning, likely capitalizing on his freedom. "He loves to run," Carl said of his nearly 2-year-old dog. "He really likes chasing animals."

Carl and his roommates went looking for Ash -- half golden retriever, half Brittany spaniel -- but couldn't find him.

On Wednesday, about a mile from Carl's home, workers mowing grass on the grounds of the Audubon wildlife sanctuary east of Warren found Ash. He was his happy-go-lucky self, but his leg was injured and he had no identification tags.

The Humane Society in Crookston took the pup in -- naming him Red, for the time being, because of the color of his coat.

A veterinarian determined that a gunshot tore tendons and fractured bones in Ash's leg.

Carl said he doesn't know who shot Ash or why. Nevertheless, he said, the pup's doing well.

"He's a tough little guy," Carl said.

"He's just as chipper as ever."

Carl said Ash's leg may require surgery or it may need to be amputated. Ash is scheduled to have more X-rays Thursday.

"If we can save his leg, we'll definitely do it," he said. "He's got way too much energy for three legs."

Carl said he's starting a fund to help cover the cost of treating Ash's leg. The bill has already reached $500, he said.