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.