UPDATE: Duke has passed away.

Can you even begin to imagine finding your family pet with a bullet in it's chest? One Upstate New York couple is living that nightmare and are searching for answers and help from the community.

Brooke McDonald and her boyfriend of Cathage shared their story of their dog Duke on GoFundMe. Duke is only 7 years old. He's a pit bull full of nothing but love. He's been around plenty of children, and even shares a food bowl with the family cat.

On January 29th, Brooke's boyfriend found Duke convulsing, incoherent, bleeding, and in the state of shock. The couple initially suspected Duke was run over by a car. When they took him to the vet, they found out poor Duke was shot:

We never in a million years thought someone would try to murder/shoot our sweet baby and leave him for dead. We know who did this to our precious fur baby, and have determined that this was nothing more than a hate crime against Pit bulls."

Duke is only expected to have a 10% chance at life, because the bullet is lodged into his chest. Vets can't operate until his condition improves. Duke is at home but Brooke says she he won't eat and she has to forcefully give him medication and water.

Duke's puppy sister Nina is also heartbroken to see him in so much pain. She refuses to leave his side.

Photo via Brooke McDonald

If you'd like to donate to Duke's family for medical expenses, you can at the GoFundMe page.

Brooke says they have called the police who have a person of interest.


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