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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - A three-year-old terrier faces several months of recovery and possible reconstructive surgeries after being shot in the jaw at point-blank range and left to die.
A spokeswoman for Stray Rescue of St. Louis said founder Randy Grim picked up "Nickels" Thursday morning at the intersection of N. Jefferson and Sullivan avenues in north city.
A concerned citizen said she'd seen the dog wandering around before but could never get close enough to help.
At present, Nickels weighs 41 pounds; he should weigh about 65 pounds for his age. It's believed his wound contributed to his severe weight loss.
The spokeswoman said Nickels' left lip is completely missing and his entire jaw is infected. X-rays reveal bullet fragments are lodged in his jaw and neck.