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UPDATE:Unfortunately, Catie's injuries were more severe than first thought. Her spinal cord was severed and they had to put her down.

According to the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia, a new set of x-rays were taken of Catie by a neurologist at the University of Georgia.

"These images revealed that Catie's spine is completely shattered, and her spinal cord is completely severed," the group wrote on Facebook. "What we did not know until now is that her neck is also shattered, and she has a piece of shrapnel lodged in her heart. In addition, she has a large contusion/hematoma on her lung, which is making each breath difficult for her."

The veterinarian made the decision that euthanasia was the kindest option for Catie.

An investigation continues into who was responsible for her injuries.

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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Carefully, Viginia Keller uses a small syringe to give water to Catie, a 2-year-old Irish Terrier. The dog's wary eyes soften as if to say thank you.

It is a miracle Catie is alive at all. An Atlanta police officer found her in a dumpster, shot seven times.

"It is bad enough that someone shot her, but then to throw her in the dumpster while she was still alive. How long was she going to suffer? That's unspeakable," said Keller.

"I wish I could say I don't see something like this very often, but it is heartbreaking what people will do to pets," said Chandler.

Chandler shows the x-rays of Catie, and points to several small bright spots that indicate bullet fragments around her throat and neck. It is a similar spot between her shoulder blades that Chandler says is causing the real problem.

"Catie can't use her back legs, although she has feeling in them. Her front legs are also very rigid. A bullet hit her spine and it is affecting her neurologically," said Chandler.

Veterinarians at UGA's Neurology Clinic are looking into whether surgery could fix that.

While Keller is the first to admit SOHF operates on a shoestring budget, she says the group will somehow find the money to help Catie if surgery is a viable option.

"We're looking at $2,000 for the test and another $3,000 for the operation and that will strap us, but saying no is not an option," said Keller.

In the meantime, Catie has won over the volunteers around her who are amazed that a dog who has been through so much is still so willing to love humans.

"She rests her head in your hands. She doesn't shy away. She will make someone a fine pet once we get her feeling better," said Chandler.

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