Dec 14, 2011 2:38 PM by Andy Koen

Dog survives hunting accident

Veterinarian Lisa Berg has taken care of her own dogs before. In fact, she and her husband Jeff Snyder adopted their malamute/husky mix Reka after she came in as a puppy and her owners gave her up. But what happened to Reka Saturday made Lisa's heart stop.

Jeff had taken Reka and the couple's other three dogs on a hike in the Pike National Forest near their home in Divide when something caught Reka's attention. She and another dog ran up a hill to see what it was.

"And as they headed up the hill, Jeff started calling them back and then he heard a gun shot," Berg said. "He started yelling for the dogs and he heard some yelling at the top of the hill and some hunters called out to him that they shot our dog."

Jeff, a physician, immediately wrapped the dog in his sweater to stop the bleeding and then called Lisa.

"I was hysterical," she said. "I was crying, I was sobbing, I was worried, I was feeling sick that I was going to lose my dog."

She called a veterinarian friend and rushed Reka to the Teller Park Veterinary Clinic. They were in surgery for two straight hours.

"She kept me kind of focused and we both worked on her and we just did what we had to do."
Reka survived the ordeal and is recovering at home, but the experience has left Lisa shaken and determined to change the state's hunting laws.

Tonight on News 5 we'll break down how the hunting accident happened and hear why Lisa believes the law should be changed.


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