Dog used as ‘target practice’ now recovering

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DE SOTO, Iowa -- A dog that was dumped in a lake, shot and left for dead in Oklahoma is now making a strong recovery in Iowa, WHO reports.

Amy Heinz told WHO that the dog, now named Miracle, came to her shelter after a friend from another rescue service reached out to her.

The 6-year-old Heeler-Beagle mix had been used for target practice before getting thrown into a lake.

Over the weekend, Heinz went to Kansas City to pick up Miracle. She took her to the Iowa Veterinary Referral Center for treatment.

A doctor said the bullet that hit Miracle broke her jaw and became lodged in her side.

Despite the abuse, Miracle is living up to her name and is on her way to recovery.

Heinz said she already has a foster home lined up for the pup. If Miracle doesn't need more surgery, she will likely go home this week.