Dog recovers, joins foster family after being shot in face

A local dog that was shot in the face is now out of the hospital and living with a foster family.

But it will be a long road to full recovery and a forever home for the lab mix, Toby.

Walton County deputies rescued him earlier this month. Since then, he has undergone several surgeries.
Deputy David Zajak  and his wife, Melanie, will care for the dog until he's ready for a family.

"He didn't have a voice and somebody needed to be his voice. It just so happened to be us," Mrs. Zajak said.

Toby spent a couple of weeks in an animal clinic after suffering a bullet to his face, which severely damaged his nasal cavity, teeth and jaw. The Zajaks told Fox 5 the dog will have another facial surgery within the next month.

Melanie Zajak works for a local animal rescue group.

"He has to take some eye meds, antibiotics and pain pills. And next week, I will take him back for a re-check," Mrs. Zajak said. "...As hurt as he was and he still wants to wag his tail and give love? He is going to make someone an amazing addition to their family."

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