After being shot numerous times and having a leg amputated, Morgan is recovering well.
HENRICO (WRIC) - After making a plea for money to help pay medical bills for Morgan, a one year old lab chow mix that was found shot numerous times, Capitol Area Rescue Effort, or CARE, more than met its goal.
Morgan was found on the side of an Amelia road back in January. Animal Control Officers thought she'd been hit by a car, but a closer look showed gunshot wounds all over her body. One destroyed her front right leg.
"It's hard to imagine how anyone can be so cruel to shoot an animal that is as loving as she is," says Dr. Susan Ware, who first examined Morgan.
"It was very upsetting," says CARE President Vicki Powell. "As animal advocates, we work to make sure that animals aren't hurt."
Powell says that CARE needed helped raising money for Morgan's initial medical costs.
"We knew that after we raised $4000 that we needed some assistance from the community that we could not do anymore on our own," she says.
So the group started a fundraiser, with a goal of $8,000. So far, they've raised more than $20,000 with plenty of supporters commenting on Morgan's story.
"It sticks in our mind how horrible people can be, and the mean things that they can do, and yet in spite of that there are so many wonderful people that are so generous and so giving," Powell says. "Good always triumphs over evil… It always does in the end."
Powell says they're not sure exactly how much Morgan's medical costs are going to be but they do believe they'll have some money left over.
Powell says they'll use the extra money to help other dogs like Luna, who was found on the side of a road in West Virginia after being hit by a car during the winter storms there.
Luna may need some surgery to repair her hip, and there are other dogs that Powell plans on helping as well - all because of Morgan's story.
"I hope that this lifts other people's spirits today that may be down with trials and tribulations of their own."