METAIRIE, LA (FOX44) — It was a normal Monday night for the McCaskill family. Never did they think they the sound of a gunshot would be heard, or that they would have to deal with a tragedy.
“I’m heartbroken,” Henry McCaskill III of Metairie, La, said. “I was up crying all night.”
It was around 11:30 p.m. when the family dog, Zeus, began scratching at the backdoor. It was typical behavior, and was the way he indicated to his owner that he needed to go out to the yard.
"When he does that late at night, I just open the door," said Henry McCaskill III of Metairie, La, recalled.
What happened next, however, was anything but ordinary.
The sound of a gun and a yelp from the 5-year-old Doberman Pinscher – someone was attempting to break into the home and Zeus, protecting his family, was nearly killed.
“I hear a gunshot, and I heard him start to yelp, and I turned around and ran inside,” McCaskill said. “I didn’t have anything to protect myself and I didn’t know what was going on.”
The bullet entered Zeus’ muzzle, exited through his jaw, and shattered several of his teeth. He was rushed to the Southeast Veterinary Clinic where he remains hospitalized today.
"I am very grateful that Zeus survived the shooting and is still with us, but the medical expense is now becoming a burden to our family. I contacted the Humane Society of Louisiana to see if they could assist us," McCaskill explained.
As it stands, the surgery and aftercare will cost roughly $3,500. The Human Society of Louisiana learned of the situation and is stepped in to help ask the community for assistance.
"As soon as we spoke to Mr. McCaskill, we knew that we had to do something to help. Therefore, we set up a fund to help generate public support for Zeus's recovery," says Jeff Dorson, HSL Director.
As of Wednesday, June 27, the veterinarians told WDSU that they had received enough funds to perform the operation, which happened earlier today. They say Zeus should make a full recovery.
To make donations of funds to the Louisiana Humane Society online please visit the Humane Society's website at http://www.humanela.org/donate.htm. Donations may also be made over the phone by calling the Humane Society at 1-888-6-HUMANE.