This is one lucky pup.
A Pennsylvania corgi miraculously survived getting shot in the head, after he ran away from the breeding farm where he lived and went missing, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The 8-year-old pooch named Arthur was found on July 14 in the rural town of New Holland, Lancaster County, after climbing under a fence.
He was weathered and flea-bitten and had a giant wound on his head that his rescuers first thought was from the fence — but which vets later determined was a gunshot wound between his eyes.
“Arthur is lucky to be alive. And that is not an understatement. He was shot between the eyes and seemingly left for dead,” the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) wrote on Instagram sharing the corgi’s miracle story.
The people who found Arthur brought the small dog to PSPCA’s partner Main Lain Animal Rescue on Jul. 18 where the veterinary staff treated him for his wound. An x-ray showed how close the bullet fragments came to killing him.
“The bullet left a hole in Arthur’s head & caused damage to his airway passages and mouth,” the shelter wrote. “He was covered in fleas, had ear infections, and was anemic.”
The rescuers and veterinarians were attentive to Arthur’s wounds, ensuring they were cleaned and he received pain medications.
“Luckily for him, it’s been a little over a week and it’s healing up really, really well,” PSPCA veterinarian Alicia Royer said. “He’s such a happy guy. By the second day after he woke up from anesthesia he was giving us his cute little butt wiggles. He’s a pusher and a doer.”
It was not clear who shot Arthur, but his previous owners, who have a small breeding operation on their property, were ruled out as suspects.
The breeders released the corgi, now known as “Arthur, The Survivor,” to the SPCA’s care.
The PSPCA believes the suspected shooter is someone in Lancaster County and continues investigating the horrific incident.
“Clearly somebody out there knows what happened and hopefully if they see the story someone will contact us,” Wilson said.
“Arthur is doing extremely well. We, like all of Arthur’s fans, are surprised at just how well he has bounced back,” a representative for the PSPCA told PEOPLE in a statement Tuesday.