LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A local crime victim pays a visit to the troopers that helped save his life.
But in this case, the thank you came in the form of a wagging tail.
An update tonight on "Dudley" the dog shot in the face, and left on the side of the road.
Dudley has he's completely recovered from his ordeal, and you would never know this dog had been treated so horribly.
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His new family says Dudley gets along with everybody, and today, was all about saying thank you.
It's a reunion NHP trooper James Larose never expected -- meeting the dog he last saw on the side of the highway in November. Dudley, the Great Dane mix, visited headquarters, and took a few laps around dispatch.
What happened to Dudley is still an open investigation. He was shot in the face and left near U.S. 95 and Snow Mountain.
Larose, dispatched to the scene, remembers a miserable, but well-behaved dog.
“I literally had no idea where he was injured,” said trooper James LaRose. “His mouth, his front legs were soaked in blood.”
X-rays taken at the Animal Foundation showed part of the problem: bullet fragments in his skull. There were also fractured teeth and an injured tongue.
LVMPD officer Richard Sibelrud saw the story on news 3.
“Someone who would do that has no conscious,” Sibelrud said.
He and his wife Fiona are now Dudley's proud parents.
“I came home and she was watching ‘Pitbulls and Parolees’ and she was in tears to help these dogs so abused,” Sibelrud said. “That's when I told her, if you want to help a dog, look at this story.”
It’s a story that continues through social media, with the Instagram page @DudleyTheLuckyDog.
The Sibelrud's are raising awareness about animal abuse, and are even reaching out to other owners of injured pets.
“I discovered how fast he is last week when we let him off leash for the first time and he mowed me down at 55 mph,” Sibelrud said.
As for the investigation, police hope more tips will come in.
“They're working a tip right now, I spoke with the detective yesterday,” said Trooper LaRose
But for today, there was a surprise ride in a patrol car for Dudley. It’s the happy ending that both troopers and his family believe he always deserved.
“He's an excellent addition to our family,” said Sibelrud.
The Sibelruds were actually the second family to adopt Dudley. The man who found him on the highway and called police, had Dudley for a few weeks, but wasn't able to keep him.
In the meantime, if you know anything about who shot Dudley, call CrimeStoppers at 702-385-5555. Remember, you can remain anonymous.