LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (11Alive) - Carefully, Viginia Keller uses a small syringe to give water to Catie, a 2-year-old Irish Terrier. The dog's wary eyes soften as if to say thank you.
It is a miracle Catie is alive at all. An Atlanta police officer found her in a dumpster, shot seven times.
"It is bad enough that someone shot her, but then to throw her in the dumpster while she was still alive. How long was she going to suffer? That's unspeakable," said Keller.
UPDATE:Unfortunately, Catie's injuries were more severe than first thought. Her spinal cord was severed and they had to put her down.
According to the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia, a new set of x-rays were taken of Catie by a neurologist at the University of Georgia.
"These images revealed that Catie's spine is completely shattered, and her spinal cord is completely severed," the group wrote on Facebook. "What we did not know until now is that her neck is also shattered, and she has a piece of shrapnel lodged in her heart. In addition, she has a large contusion/hematoma on her lung, which is making each breath difficult for her."
The veterinarian made the decision that euthanasia was the kindest option for Catie.
An investigation continues into who was responsible for her injuries.