BUCHANAN COUNTY, Mo. — A horrific animal abuse case out of Kansas may have started a movement.
Just over a week ago, someone shot a female pit bull in the face multiple times, then left her to die.
The dog survived and is now being cared for by a foster family.
They say they’re working with others to get justice and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“She initially could not stand or walk on her own. On Sunday, she began to stand with support,” Heather Millard, Lagertha’s doctor, said.
But amazingly she was able to walk out of Blue Pearl Emergency Pet Hospital this morning to go to her foster home.
Mushroom hunters found her in the woods in St. Joe after hearing two gunshots, sitting up with her head hanging, whining in pain.
She had been shot and left for dead.
Today about 100 people came to hear new foster parents the Rudmans say the community has given enough leads the Buchanan County sheriff thinks they have a prosecutable case.
And if not Shane Rudman, Lagertha’s foster father, vows to go after who is responsible.
“If you don’t get the job done, we will bring in our private investigators, our law team and we will get the job done,” Rudman said.
Rudman runs the Animal Justice League of America and is getting help from the jungle law group.
They want to sue the shooter on an aggravated animal abuse charge — a felony.
“Because it was inhumane torture on the dog,” Attorney Tristen Woods said.
The lawyers want to change Missouri’s law so abusers would be listed online in an animal cruelty registry.
Lawmakers proposed a house bill which would turn what’s now a misdemeanor animal abuse charge into a felony but it never made it to a committee