A police officer rescues a stray dog that had been shot, was malnourished, and was infested with maggots.

Martin City Police Department Lieutenant Matthew Castle came upon a stray puppy in terrible shape in Floyd County, Kentucky. The small dog desperately needed aid; he had been shot, was starving, and maggots had invaded his wounds.

Lt. Matthew Castle rescued a malnourished and injured stray dog. Source: Facebook/Martin City Police

Please take note that the heartwarming account of Castle’s rescue, which was first published on DogHeirs.com in August 2013 together with our exclusive updates from his rescuers, is a reprint from the DogHeirs archive.

“I don’t think he could have lasted much longer,” Lt. Castle said to WKYT. He was so weak from malnutrition that he couldn’t even lift his own tail. He was having to walk on his front paws.”

The Martin City Police Department attempted to contact a veterinarian or animal rescue organization but was unable, so they posted a picture of the dog and an appeal for aid on their Facebook page.

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