The one and a half year old lab mix deserves every bit of compassion, pampering, and love she's getting.
When you look at her face, you see a circular scab on her snout.
The Sheriff's Office vet and an independent vet agree it's a gunshot wound.
Rescue Coordinator Alisha Davis tells Fox 35's Tracy Jacim, "It's very sickening. On a daily basis we see animal cruelty, but not gunshot cases, but a lot of neglect."
Captain Todd Luce with the Lake County Sheriff's Office says, "Obviously, we have a lot of work to do. We have very limited information. This dog simply wandered up as a stray, was bleeding, appeared to be injured. The citizen called in, we thought it was a car hit."
The dog was bleeding so profusely, it looked like a total body injury, but once she was taken to to the county shelter and examined, the gunshot wound became evident.
The bullet went through the top of the snout, roof of the mouth, and out the chin.
Davis says, "It's definitely very difficult to stomach that someone would intentionally hurt a dog or anything."
Luce punctuates, "This is an act that didn't need to occur."
Deputies believe the act was likely intentional: the angle and location of the shot telling.
Now they need to find the person responsible.
They also need to find the dog they've named Sunny a permanent home.
Dayna Whitson is fostering her until a permanent home is found.
Whitson says, "Someone has to step up and take care of them." Jacim asks, "And that's you?" Whitson replies, "For this girl!...This way this little girl doesn't have to recover in a shelter."
If you know anything about who could have shot the dog or if you want to take the dog home, call the Lake County Sheriff's Office at (352) 343-2101.