Shot in the Head and Left to Die in Kapunda - Can You Help?

For: Licia, Megan Godfrey
Adelaide, SA, Australia
Organizer: Jia Wen Siow, Tom Westermann
Shot in the Head and Left to Die in Kapunda - Can You Help? (Licia, Megan Godfrey)
$3,409
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 116 donors
68% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

This Kelpie was seen wandering the road alone, in Kapunda, South Australia, on the 26th of September, 2014. Dazed and disorientated, she struggled on with a severe head wound and pus dripping from her nostrils. That's how Megan Godfrey found her. She has since named her Licia, which means 'lucky' in Hungarian.

Megan, founder of Hope for Life Animal Rescue, saved Licia from the road and took her to the Roseworthy Companion Animal Health Centre. There was a small, innocent looking wound on the top of Licia’s head. However, during the consult it was realized that it penetrated through her skull. Next discovered was a larger hole in the roof of her mouth with shattered bone fragments. X-rays soon revealed the cause of the damage: Licia had been shot in the head.

The most horrifying aspect of Licia’s ordeal is that she’d been shot from above at close range. In other words, it would appear that she trusted the person who fired the gun, waiting at their feet without realising their intent.  Given her breed and sweet, gentle disposition, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine one possible explanation would be that her owners felt she wasn’t performing well enough as a working dog. Whatever the motive, they left her to die in what must have been agonising pain, not waiting long enough to realise that the bullet had missed her brain, instead smashing through her sinuses, nasal cavity and hard palate, to lodge in her jaw.

Where is Licia now? After spending thousands of dollars on x-rays, antibiotics, pain medication and surgery to have some of the bullet removed, Megan is continuing to provide food, shelter and care to the stray she found on the roadside. But Licia’s nightmare isn’t over yet; her nose continues to discharge because of remaining shards of metal in her head. These shards risk causing ongoing irritation and can harbour infection. Licia will likely need ongoing medication to control repeat infections. Ideally, she would have an CT scan to localise the remaining shards of metal and bone in her head, and surgery to remove them. This is her only hope for full recovery, and her best chance at being rehomed.

Megan can’t afford to pay for anymore treatment costs; she’s given everything she can. Will you help Licia? As vet students we were shocked by her case, and deeply saddened that anyone could stoop so low as to shoot such a beautiful and trusting dog. We couldn’t afford to donate much, but we’ve given what we could, and hope you can too.

Please donate, and SHARE this with your friends; if enough people see this and donate a little, we can end Licia’s suffering and give her the future she’s fought so hard for.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 3, 2014

Posted on November 3, 2014

We would like to sincerely thank you all for your kindness and huge generosity in helping Licia, we are all incredibly humbled. Together with your help, this fundraiser was shared over 1000 times and over 100 people contributed to Licia’s treatment and care.

Licia’s carers have now decided that we have raised enough money for her for the time being, and so we are concluding our fundraiser.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way; you have helped to give Licia her best chance of leading a full and happy life.

Posted on October 31, 2014

Posted on October 31, 2014

On behalf of Megan, and of course Licia, thank you so much to everyone that has donated so far! We are all blown away by the generosity you’ve shown in helping Licia. We have reached our first target, $2,000, which will go towards covering the cost of Licia’s first surgery, and in paying for her current medical management.

Our hope is that with continued support, we can earn enough to do more than just manage her repeat infections. We want to treat the root cause: the damage inside her sinuses and nasal cavity, where shards of metal and bone still remain. The first step will be a CT scan and deep nasal swabs, to build a complete picture of where the fragments lie, how extensive the damage is, and what bacteria or fungi are causing the infection.

We are aiming for $5,000; this money will go towards the diagnostic tests Licia needs, and then based on those results, towards her surgery or long term medical care (nasal flushes under general anaesthetic, antifungal drugs, antibiotics, etc.).

Any help at all is deeply appreciated; your kind words and generosity mean a lot.

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