KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Late Friday afternoon, a construction worker found an injured Shih Tzu locked inside a pet carrier that was thrown into a dumpster.
It happened near the old Southeast High School in the 3500 block of Meyer Blvd.
Workers are calling the 2-year-old Shih Tzu "Ace."
Animal control took the dog to the animal shelter where KC Pet Project took over care of the dog.
Tori Fugate tells us the injuries are consistent with a blunt head force trauma possibly from a gun shot.
Ace is being taken to an Animal Emergency Hospital in Overland Park because the shelter doesn't have the X-Ray equipment needed.
"He will hopefully bounce back from this and he may have some neurological damage, but we really won't know until a later date," said Fugate.
UPDATE: The Emergency Hospital Vet didn't find a bullet, "but Ace has a skull fracture and puncture. He is getting oxygen and meds to keep his brain from swelling."
UPDATE: Ace is still hanging in there and saw improvements to his head injury, but it is still pretty severe. They are monitoring him closely, and have already had calls coming in to adopt Ace.
On Sunday, Fugate said Ace began to finally eat food and they will soon be leaving the emergency vet hospital and will be entering a foster home.
UPDATE: KC Pet Project said on Monday that Ace left the emergency vet hospital and has even opened his eyes. The veterinarian said they are very confident in his recovery. Fugate says Ace was not shot in the head, but x-rays reveal he was hit in the head with something, leading to a skill fracture.
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