Dog found with gunshot wound gets new family

Chance Found Shot On Viejas Reservation

SAN DIEGO - A dog found shot on the Viejas Reservation last month was adopted by a North Park family, officials announced Wednesday.

Officials announced that the dog -- named "Chance" by San Diego County Department of Animal Services officials -- was adopted by the Cavanaugh family from North Park.

"We had a really good feeling about him because he clicked with us and the kids," said Sean Cavanaugh, who spoke to the media along with his wife and two kids. "We were excited. We've been excited all week."

Chance, a 40-pound male retriever mix, was found on the morning of Feb. 20 on Viejas Grade Road with a gunshot wound to the chest on Viejas Grade Road, animal services officials said.

The animal was taken to VCA Emergency Animal Hospital in Mission Valley for treatment and then transferred to a local animal shelter. Chance was relinquished to the county by his owner.

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians donated $2,500 towards the dog's care.

Lt. Dan DeSousa said it cost about $2,000 per day to rehab Chance back to health. Much of the funding came from Spirit Fund donations.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the shooting. San Diego Animal Advocates is offering an additional reward up to $2,000 for information leading to a conviction. Lt. DeSousa says there are no leads.

"This should be a family member. This is like a child," DeSousa said. "This is a defenseless creature. To have someone know something and not report it, it's galling to us."

Anyone with more information about who shot the dog was urged to call county Animal Services at (619) 236-2341 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or via

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