The Lake County Animal Shelter is nursing a 3-year-old pit bull/lab mix back to health after it was struck by a bullet on Monday. The dog was discovered in the front yard of a Fruitland Park resident’s home Monday afternoon, covered in blood. The resident called Lake County Animal Enforcement, who then contacted the Lake County Animal Shelter.

The dog was transported to an emergency clinic, where he received x-rays and was placed on antibiotics and pain medication. Upon examination, veterinarians determined that the dog had suffered from a single gunshot wound that entered and exited through his face.

The dog named “Chance,” by shelter staff was otherwise healthy and appeared to be well cared for. “We’re so happy that this dog was given a second chance at life, which is why we named him ‘Chance’,” said Lake County Shelter Director Whitney Boylston. “Chance is happy and in good spirits; his recovery has been amazing to witness.”

Chance will be available for adoption on May 26, pending he isn’t claimed by his owner. If you have any information about Chance, please call 352-343-2101. For questions about adopting Chance or any other animals at the shelter, contact the Lake County Animal Shelter at 352-343-9688 or stop by at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares.  You can also visit


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