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3-legged dog injured in shooting searching for new home

Bandit has only three legs. He lost a leg due to a gunshot wound. (WCHS/WVAH)

FLATWOODS, Ky. (WCHS/WVAH) - Bandit has been a good dog who has had a hard life.

Most people would never know why he is unique until they catch him at the right angle.

The four-legged friend only has three limbs.

"Bandit was a product of divorce," said Joe Kaiser, who helped run the Guardian Animal Medical Center in Flatwoods, Kentucky, where Bandit fought for his life five months ago.

Kaiser said one of his owners came home to find Bandit on the edge of death.

“When the owner came back, Bandit was on the front porch, looked like he'd been hit by a car," Kaiser said.

X-rays showed evidence of a gunshot instead of a car.

Little white flecks showed bullet fragments, and every bone in his upper leg was shattered.

He hasn't let one lost limb keep him down.

"Bandit can get around just as well as any four-legged dog. He can get up and down stairs. He can run. He can jump. He can play," Kaiser said.

His former owners couldn’t take him back, so the workers who've come to love him have been trying to find him a place to call home.

Kaiser said Bandit is fully healed, vaccinated and neutered.

Kaiser said the 4-year-old German shepherd mix only needs a few minutes to wobble into your heart.

"We'll get you in here, you can meet Bandit, and hopefully you can get him a forever home," he said.

Kaiser said anyone can come into the Guardian Animal Medical Center during normal hours, or contact the center through Facebook by clicking here to inquire about adopting Bandit.

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