The 3-year-old dog named Polly was in her new home for just two days when she got startled and ran away.
CBS Atlanta first told viewers about Polly in August. Animal rescue advocates said she was shot point-blank in the face. The bullet went through the top of her snout and exited her bottom jaw. Polly required surgery to repair the damage to her jaw. All of her teeth were missing after the bullet caused her teeth to get blown out.
On Thursday, with her new owner, Susan Burgess, Polly slipped out of her collar and ran away.
"She got startled," Burgess said. "She did a backflip, slipped out of her collar attached to the leash and ran away."
Burgess showed us multiple scars on both arms from scratches suffered when Polly pulled away. Desperately, Burgess fought to keep Polly in her arms but could not hold on.
"I feel awful. I have been up all night, I have cried," Burgess said. "I know I did everything I could have done. I know it's not my fault, but I feel like it is my fault, since she is in my care."
Burgess and other volunteers are searching for Polly around the clock. On Saturday they plan to hire a professional tracker to find Polly.
"I have her blanket she slept on, we are going to use that as a scent and we are bringing in a dog that used to run with Polly," Burgess said. "And hopefully, she will see that dog feel secure to come out and we can bring her home."
Burgess said time is of the essence because Polly still has stitches from her surgery and is in a rural part of Gordon County that has a lot of coyotes.
"We have a large herd of coyotes here, and we are concerned that with her being in a weakened state, she is not able to completely defend herself from a group of coyotes," Burgess said.
If you see Polly you can call the Animal Rescue Foundation of Floyd County at 706-346-0629.
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