BRYAN, Texas — Meet Maggie, the two-year-old pit bull mix. In September, an animal control officer found Maggie on the streets of Bryan with blood running down her chest. She had been shot in the lower throat with a .22, and to this day still has bullet fragments inside her.
“I wouldn’t say it happens ‘a lot, a lot, a lot,’ but we have situations where animals come in and are injured,” said Bryan Animal Center supervisor Ashley Rodriguez.
Rodriguez estimates that his shelter sees about one or two animal shooting victims each year. She noted that for law enforcement, it can be difficult to investigate cases like this, even though there are laws against shooting pets. According to Rodriguez, in Maggie’s case, there simply wasn’t enough evidence to pursue an investigation.
“Occasionally [injuries] can be intentional, and sometimes people are just scared,” she said. “And we always encourage people, if they’re having trouble with strays or even wild animals, to call animal control. Because we can definitely go out there and assess the situation and see what’s going on. »
But Maggie is a miracle. Not only has she recovered physically, but her heart for human companionship is huge.
“She was a little shy at first,” said Dyan Cisnero, program coordinator at the animal center. “It took her a little while to come to us…She warmed up to us very quickly. She loves to play, she loves her toys and she loves meeting new people.
With a shelter nearly full, Rodriguez and her co-workers hope someone will give Maggie the second chance she’s been fighting for.
The Bryan Animal Center is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit the following link:
Bryan Animal Center – City of Bryan, TX (bryantx.gov)