“Been” the dog survived three gunshots to the head and is now the loving caretaker of four motherless kittens, even bathing them and putting them to bed.
The New Zealand pig-hunting dog was found at least two days after being shot in the the head and left for dead. He was 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds, underweight when found by a pig hunter in the Wairau Valley of Marlborough.
Nelson, New Zealand SPCA inspector Craig Crowley thought the bullet holes were too close together for the shooting to have been an accident. He said: “It’s terrible. The best case scenario is that the dog was shot and fell over and appeared to die and the person walked away, believing he died.”
Crowley said although it is not illegal to humanely shoot a dog, the animal should be checked to make sure it is dead.
He also said the location of one bullet hole on Been was in a “place where you are going to put a dog down.”

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