EDGECOMB, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A dog who was shot with BB's between 80 and 100 times has a new owner and is now on the road to recovery.
Lady, a Black Lab, was found walking on the side of the road last week in Waldoboro, and was taken to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.
When workers at the shelter were doing a routine examination, they discovered the BB's all over Lady's body. X-rays showed Lady was shot in the face, stomach, and back.
It is unknown who the previous owner was, and Waldoboro police are investigating the case as an animal cruelty case.
Peter Blanton happened to stop by the Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Edgecomb last week looking to adopt a new dog, and that's when he first met Lady.
"I was late that day, and I wasn't supposed to be able to get in [the shelter], but the staff stayed late," Blanton said. "They showed me this dog, and it was sort of like love at first sight."
Dr. Dean Domeyer from the Boothbay Animal Hospital is continuing to examine Lady to make sure she remains healthy. Miraculously, he said Lady is healthy and did not appear to suffer any lasting injury.
"She's a fantastic dog. She doesn't appear to be shaken up by the whole experience of getting on the wrong end of a blast from something," Dr. Domeyer said.
Officials hope to remove some of the BB's in the coming days as Lady continues on the road to full recovery, and Peter Blanton is continuing to enjoy life with his new dog.
"She's just got a wonderful personality," Blanton said. "We're really 100 percent satisfied with her now, so we just hope there are no further complications."