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A family's labradoodle was left bloodied and without an eye after it was reportedly 'shot in the face'.
The two-year-old dog named Waffle went missing from his Cambridgeshire home before he was found with his eye "turned inside out" with what looked like puncture wounds on his face.
Rabbits distracted the pooch and he ran into nearby orchards for around 20 minutes before he was found by his owner on the edge of the garden, CambridgeshireLive reports.
An appeal was set up on GoFundMe by Debs Bleathman, Waffle's family neighbour, who detailed the horror when his injuries were revealed.
She said: "His face was covered in blood and there were a large number of what looked like puncture wounds all over his head.
"It looked like he may have been attacked by either a badger or a fox, both of which can do a lot of damage if cornered or defending cubs."
Waffle was driven to the vets for urgent pain killers.
There, they found what they believed were shots which had ruptured Waffle's eye and damaged it beyond the point the eye could be saved.
Debs added: "Imagine how his family felt seeing this, especially the two boys, aged eight and nine, who are Waffle's world and best friends.
"Any money donated will be used to help pay Waffle's vet bills as he is, unfortunately, not insured."
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The target has been smashed, with one generous donor anonymously giving £1,000.
Total donations now stand at £3,025, over three times the initial target of £1,000.
In an updated post, Debs added: "I am stunned at how many wonderful, kind, generous people are out there! Waffle’s mum has been in tears looking at the donations and reading your messages.
"Waffle is walking a very narrow tightrope at the moment and his family are concentrating only on his welfare and best interests.
"He is, however, a young dog with all the energy and optimism of youth.
"Waffle is spending the day with me and is enjoying cuddles, biscuits, and watching the sparrows scuffling on the bird feeder."
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