August 22, 2010 in City

Dog recuperating after apparent bear attack

Associated Press

BILLINGS – Rosie the black Lab is lucky to be alive after an apparent bear attack about two weeks ago.

The dog has holes in her back and neck, and part of her right ear is missing. Drainage tubes stick out of deep wounds.

According to Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter director Chris Anderson, a woman found the dog on Aug. 9 lying next to a stock water tank on a road south of Columbus, Mont.

She brought the dog to the Billings shelter, where employees agreed to take her, even though she came from outside the city limits.

The shelter’s veterinarian, Jean Albright, shaved part of the dog’s back and stitched up what she could.

Rosie will be kept at the shelter to heal for now, but will likely be adopted out or returned to her home if the owner comes forward.

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