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Dog recovering after being stabbed with a screwdriver

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Posted at 2:42 AM, Nov 29, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A dog is recovering after it was found with a screwdriver sticking out of its shoulder in Madison.

According to Metro Animal Care and Control, the dog was found on Meadow Bend Drive Friday. A Metro Police officer responding to an unrelated call encountered the dog and contacted Metro Animal Care and Control. The responding officer picked him up and rushed him for emergency veterinary care. The Nashville Humane Association is now caring for the dog.

"He is looking absolutely fantastic," said Dr. Matt Martin, Associate Veterinarian at Nashville Humane Association. "He has a little bit of limp in the left leg, and is little tender and a little sore, but otherwise doing pretty well. I think he is going to make a full recovery."

Dr. Martin said employees at Nashville Humane have affectionately named the dog Phillip. An X-ray revealed how deep the screwdriver was jammed into the dog's shoulder.

"He got very lucky with how everything was positioned," said Dr. Martin. "Had it been in any given direction there is a lot of blood vessels, and nerves that could have been severed."

Currently, Phillip is on a regimen of antibiotics, painkillers and treats until his wound heals. Dr. Martin estimated that could take about two weeks. Once he is healthy, he will be placed with a foster family, and will ultimately be able to be adopted into a new home.

Metro Animal Care and Control is now investigating what happened to the dog. He had no collar or microchip when he was found. They're asking the public to contact them if you recognize the dog or know how the screwdriver became wedged into his shoulder. The dog appears to be a pit bull mix and is about 1 year old.

The public can fill out an online form with tips by clicking here or you can email complaint.macc@nashville.gov.