Two surgeries and one blood transfusion later, the small dog who was shot Jan. 4 by a former Faulkner County deputy is expected to recover from her injuries.
The news that a small dog had been shot by a Faulkner County K-9 deputy traveled fast as a video captured of the incident soon went viral online. Video clips show former K-9 handler Keenan Wallace walking up to a residence in the Shiloh Creek Estates neighborhood as he begins arguing with the homeowner about wanting to talk in the road over an aggressive dog complaint before proceeding to shoot the 9-pound dog.
Reese's, the small dog who was shot, has been at an emergency veterinarian clinic in Little Rock since late Jan. 4.
A Facebook page giving a timeline and update of her progress -- Reese's Road to Recovery -- has since been established so those in the community, nation and further can know daily how the dog is doing.
According to Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists center employees, little Reese's expected to make a near-full recovery.
The small dog's owner, Doug Canady, has visited the pup daily since she was shot.
Reese's suffered head trauma and has undergone two rounds of surgery. A vet at the clinic noted her red blood cell count was dwindling, and ordered the dog receive a blood transfusion.
Canady updated viewers Friday and said the transfusion went well.
Since the transfusion, Reese's red blood cell count has improved from 20 percent to 34 percent, the pup's caretaker said Friday. And while he initially thought the dog would need to have her jaw wired shut, Canady said it appears that is no longer the case.
"They're not wiring the jaw shut, [we're] hoping the scar tissue will line up," he said, adding the dog's feeding tube will remain in place for at least "a couple months."
Each time he visits Reese's, the Faulkner County resident said the small dog erupts in excitement.
"She's got her personality still," he said in a live Reese's update Friday.
"Eventually, they're going to have to take out the feeding tube in another couple of months, so that's [going to be] another surgery," Canady said. "They're going to want to bring her back to sedate her and to a CT scan to see how the scar tissue [around her jaw] is healing and how the tongue is healing. If the tongue doesn't get infected and grows back and doesn't have any issues, [the vet] said she'll be semi-normal again."
Currently, the little dog wears a muzzle to help keep her jaw, which was shattered when she was shot, stabilized.
Canady said he is thankful for the outpouring of support those in the community as well as others nationwide have given Reese. He has said he hopes to see the dog "be the bouncy, lovable, energetic dog she used to be."
A Go Fund Me account that was created to help cover the costs of the dog's veterinarian bills has raised more than $22,000 since Jan. 4. Canady and a neighbor helping to run the account said money will be used to cover costs of the dog's treatment and other expenses and that all leftover monies will be donated to local shelters.