Dog Found in Stranger's Shed With Days-Old Bullet Hole in Head

A dog was found in Ohio with a days-old bullet wound in his head on Saturday afternoon, after police were contacted by a local man who found the canine in his shed.

The dog, now named Bandit, is on the road to recovery now but police are investigating exactly what happened. Bandit was found emaciated with a bullet hole in the back of his head and out the side of his neck.

Megan Zarlenga, who works with Mahoning County Dog Pound rescue group Friends of Fido that is now sheltering Bandit, shared in a Facebook post that one of her colleagues was contacted by the Youngstown Police Department on Saturday afternoon. "A dog had been shot in the head on Burlington Ave on the North Side of Youngstown. A man had just found him in his shed," she wrote.

Colleague Greg rushed the dog to MedVet, where they placed him on IV fluids and treated him for infection.

"He is very very emaciated. Imagine how cold he was last night with absolutely no body fat to keep him warm. He was likely curled up in a tight ball in that shed.....freezing starving and in horrible pain.....all alone in the dark. I can not imagine his fear. Death from infection, starvation or a human....that was his future," said Zarlenga.

Videos and images shared online show Bandit with visible ribs showing and barely able to walk.

In Ohio, state law rules that no person shall "torture an animal, deprive one of necessary sustenance, unnecessarily or cruelly beat, needlessly mutilate or kill, or impound or confine an animal without supplying it during such confinement with a sufficient quantity of good wholesome food and water."

Just days since being found, Bandit is seemingly improving slowly, but vet bills have surpassed $1,135.

Bandit tested positive for Lyme disease and was found to have fragments in his head that will likely need removing in the future. He was also suffering from Nystagmus caused by nerve swelling that left him with involuntary eye movements, but it is now resolving.

The vets have been keeping Bandit on IV fluids throughout the day and feeding him small, frequent meals. He has been able to walk outside in short amounts and is spending the nights "tucked in" at the shelter.

"He is a little more alert. He ate his breakfast and walked outside! He is dizzy from the swelling in the nerve that affects his eyes. He is also very, very weak. He only weighs 34.6 lbs," updated Zarlenga in a latest post shared on September 26.

Newsweek has contacted Youngstown Police and Friends of Fido, Mahoning County Dog Pound for comment.

Bandit the dog
Bandit the dog was found with a bullet wound in his head. Mahoning County Dog Warden