Forest the Shot Mastiff ‘Doing Very Well’

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LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Forest, the mastiff found shot and chained to a tree in Cleveland Heights, is on the road to recovery.

He was found Monday by a Good Samaritan at a park in Cleveland Heights with gunshot wounds to his face and chest. Saturday, he got a full evaluation at Lakewood Animal Hospital and is getting ready to head to a foster home.

“He’s doing very well,” said Amy Beichler, executive director of Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

Forest was malnourished when he was found and is limping due to the gunshots. Cleveland Heights police are analyzing the bullet for fingerprints and DNA to find out who shot him.

In the meantime, Beichler said Forest and his case has elicited the most community response she’s ever seen for an abused animal during her eight years with PAWS.

“I love the public,” said Beichler. “They remind me over and over how much they love animals. They’ve donated, they’ve asked how they can help. They’ve called with so much support and love for this dog.”

Donors include Jim Kelly, of Bil Jac dog food. After hearing of Forest’s case, his company said it would provide all food needed by Forest throughout his recovery. It’s a special soft type of food, said Kelly, that will be easier for Forest to chew after his injuries.

“We love animals,” said Kelly. “We go home to our beautiful pets every night, so this has touched our hearts, too.”

To see photos of Forest’s trip to the vet Saturday, click through the photo gallery above.