PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - A young dog is beginning a long recovery after being found injured and emaciated in Prince George, B.C.

Alex Schare with the SPCA's north Cariboo district says the three-year-old female boxer was spotted roaming in a rural area.

A gunshot wound had destroyed half the dog's jaw and Schare says it took more than a week to finally catch her.

Now named Luna, the boxer has had emergency reconstructive surgery, while the SPCA launched a cruelty investigation.

The society is also appealing for help in raising the estimated $3,200 needed for Luna's X-rays, surgery, follow-up care and other needs.

Despite everything Luna has endured, Schare says she is doing well.

“Luna is a playful young dog with a remarkable amount of energy despite her injuries and weakened state,” Schare says in a statement posted on the society's website.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 9, 2019.