LAS VEGAS (KVVU/Meredith) -- An injured dog found on a Las Vegas freeway was likely shot in the face, according to veterinarians.

Two people discovered the dog Sunday along U.S. Highway 95. When troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) responded to the scene, the dog was bleeding from the mouth and had blood on its legs.

Animal Control transported the dog, now named Dudley, to the Animal Foundation for treatment. The organization's veterinary team said Dudley "came in with evidence of being shot in the face."

NHP said it hopes the dog will find a loving home once he is healed. A trooper who helped rescue Dudley said he was the "sweetest dog" and loved all the attention he was receiving.

The department is now searching for Dudley's owners.

"Animal Cruelty is a felony in Nevada and these perpetrators need to be brought to justice," NHP said in a release.

Dudley is still recovering at the Animal Foundation, which is expected to transfer him to a local rescue group for further work and treatment.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call NHP at 702-486-4100, the Animal Foundation at 702-384-3333, or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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