WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Last week, police officers responded to the shooting of a dog in Wheaton and helped save her life. Now, they have helped pay for some of her hospital costs.
According to Montgomery County Police, on August 21st they received a call that Ruby, a nine-month-old boxer mix, had been shot at a home in Wheaton. They found Ruby with gunshot wounds to her face and shoulder, bleeding and having difficulty breathing.
Police officials say Officer Michelle Ballor transported Ruby in her police car to the Kindness Animal Hospital in Wheaton where Doctor Jeff Zolkiewicz then began life-saving measures.
According to police in a press release, veterinarians determined that "Ruby would need extensive medical care to save her life. Officer Noah Leotta spoke with Ruby's owners and suggested that they consider surrendering Ruby to the hospital rather than euthanizing her so that she could have the opportunity to live."
This week, Sergeant Dawn Felsen learned that Ruby was improving after several surgeries but would need additional procedures. She also learned that Dr. Zolkiewicz had "absorbed all of the costs for these surgeries" because he was determined to save Ruby's life. The doctor has also decided to adopt Ruby.
Now, the officers on the shift that responded to the shooting are collecting money at the Fourth District station located at 2300 Randolph Road to help defray some of the costs of Ruby's care.
Police say the shooting, which was apparently committed by a family member with a shotgun, remains under investigation.