The veterinary team says the prognosis is good for the dog shot and abandoned in Manassas Park on Monday.

The brown and white dog shot multiple times near the Manassas Park VRE station Monday is recovering from his wounds but his right hind leg will have to be amputated, police said Tuesday afternoon.

Manassas Park police say they are still looking for his owner and who might have shot him, but there have been few leads.


This pup is recovering from a gunshot wound to the jaw and will lose a hind leg after being shot near the Manassas Park VRE station.

Witnesses reported hearing a total of six gunshots at 9:26 a.m. in the 9300 Manassas Drive, police said in a Facebook post (warning graphic photo).

After the shots were fired, the dog, who appears to be a pit bull mix, followed the person back to a black SUV parked in the VRE parking lot. The driver then fled the scene.

The dog's story prompted an outpouring of rage, concern and offers to help, with thousands of dollars donated to MedVet Northern Virginia animal hospital by Tuesday afternoon.

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Police are searching for information and the owner of a dog shot Monday morning in Manassas Park.

Manassas Park police said the dog has been resting comfortably after surgery Monday to remove a bullet from his jaw. He also received numerous stitches from an entry and exit wound to his shoulder. And his veterinary team on Tuesday determined he will have to have his leg amputated as a bullet caused severe damage.

"He's a super sweet boy," said MedVet Northern Virginia hospital director Melissa Cary. "His prognosis for recovery is good, even with an amputation."


A dog shot and abandoned Monday morning in Manassas Park is recovering at MedVet Northern Virginia.

The hospital staff and police have discussed naming the resilient pooch, with some of his emergency-care team calling him "Kevin." On an InsideNoVa Facebook post, readers offered more than 200 suggested names, with the top three Phoenix, Valor and Truman.

What should the dog who survived multiple gunshot wounds be named?

Readers on InsideNoVa's Facebook page had more than 200 suggestions for naming the pooch shot and abandoned on Monday morning. Here are the most suggested, along with the name veterinary staff have been calling him. Vote for your favorite!

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Manassas Park police say they will need the public's help in bringing the pup's shooter to justice.

"This case is going to take the help of everyone in our community," police said on Facebook. "Someone knows his owner, or where he lives at. We hope his veterinary office recognizes him and comes forward."

At MedVet, the donations, notes and calls of support from the community have been heartwarming.

Cary said the animal hospital often sees abused and suffering animals and it can take a toll.

"It feels a little thankless at times," she said. "It's been nice for the team to see this kind of support."

Donations can be dropped off at police headquarters at 329 Manassas Drive in Manassas Park, or directly to MedVet by contacting them at 703-361-8287.

Any amount over what will be needed to treat Kevin (Phoenix, Valor, Truman?) will go into MedVet's Lucas Fund, a 501(c)(3) used for Northern Virginia animals in need.

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(3) comments

Lynne June

This is a very cute animal and it sounds like he has a good disposition. I hope he goes to a loving home that shows him kindness from now on. I also hope this perpetrator is found. If the perp would do this to a dog, the people around him are at peril, as well. Last week around 4 pm, I saw a guy walking his dog down toward the train station from the apartments on the hill. I got a good look at the guy but not the dog. I wish I’d looked closer, now, but probably not the same person.

Paul Benedict

I hope the dog fully recovers and finds a good home. I can't believe this happened as I thought common sense gun laws were supposed to stop this kind of thing.

Lance Livestrong

Or the common sense maintenance and upkeep of VREs security camera(s) that apparently wasn't functioning which would have provided a look at the perpetrator and his vehicle/license plate.

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