A brave Georgia Sheepdog is recovering from injuries after defending his flock of sheep from an attacking pack of coyotes. Casper, the two-year-old sheep herding dog, works on a farm in Decatur, Georgia where the attack happened.
Casper is a 20-month-old Great Pyrenees, a dog commonly used on farms. It is reported that coyote attacks on pets and animals have become more common in rural and suburban areas. It is rare that dogs will survive these attacks.
Casper stood face-to-face with a pack of 11 vicious coyotes looking to make a meal out of his flock of sheep. He managed to kill 8 coyotes, scaring off the rest. The owner of the farm, John Wierwiller, said that Casper disappeared for two days following the attack, but reemerged battered and wounded. According to the owner, the brutal fight lasted for nearly 30 minutes.
See the video below, showing Casper’s recovery.
The aftermath of this battle left Casper with serious injuries to his neck and back while losing his tail. Veterinarian, Dr. Susan Brosman with LifeLine Animal project stated, “He’s lucky to be alive,” adding that it was a “miracle” for Casper to have survived. The vet noted that he is on track to make a healthy recovery, however.
Massie Hale, a clinic supervisor at LifeLine who aided in Casper’s treatments, commented on his wounds:
“It was a big flesh wound, like it was gone, skin’s gone. Looked like maybe a coyote grabbed hold of the skin and just peeled it right off. Then I saw his neck wound and it was the same thing, flesh taken off… I was like, ‘what am I gonna do?'”
“He looks great now, he’s in good spirits. I love him. He’s such a good boy.”
“He looked like death, I mean he looked terrible. He came back home and he just kind of looked at me like, ‘boss stop looking at how bad I look, just take care of me.’”
“We knew he was hurt because we found parts of his tail and blood and other things, so we were worried.”
“Looked like a coyote grabbed his skin and peeled it right off.”
With the help of fundraising and the LifeLine Animal Project Organization, Casper is set to make a full recovery. LifeLine Animal project’s mission is to end the euthanasia of healthy animals in the Atlanta metro area, by raising funds for treatments and procedures like the ones that saved Casper.
Furthermore, the organization launched a GoFundMe campaign that has raised over $15,000 to cover the hospital bill for the heroic dog. The GoFundMe far exceeded its goal for Casper, so the additional funds will go toward saving other animals in the future.
In the wake of constant negative news from around the world, it’s refreshing to hear a positive story for change. Caper’s victory shows how dogs are truly man’s best friend. They will demonstrate undying loyalty to their family or their herd, not backing down in the face of danger. Everyone needs a good boy like Casper in their lives.
Featured image is screenshot from the embedded video.
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