BELMONT, NC (WJZY) - (WARNING: Graphic images)
A dog is in recovery after being impaled on a fence over the weekend in Belmont, according to officials.
New Hope Fire officials say the dog was trying to jump a fence and was unable to make it over. The incident happened in the 6100 block of New Hope Road Saturday.
New Hope Fire Department posted on Facebook that firefighters had to use a batter operated rescue tool to cut the fence so the dog could receive treatment.
Once free, the dog was immediately taken to an animal hospital and had to have surgery. The animal is in recovery.
New Hope Fire Department cut out the whole fence where Wilbur the dog was impaled on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/sQ6pMTXktp— Yolian Ortiz FOX46 (@YolianFOX46) August 1, 2016
The dog's owners tell FOX46 that Wilbur is doing well. They believe Wilbur was chasing after a turkey vulture that lives in the barn behind them when the accident happened.
The family says he's doing well. They think he was chasing after turkey vulture that live in the barn behind them. pic.twitter.com/rhvugcRfVT— Yolian Ortiz FOX46 (@YolianFOX46) August 1, 2016
Family went on to say that Wilbur was rescued as a puppy from a family. He's about five-years-old now.
The family tells me Wilbur and his family was rescued as puppy from a family. He's about 5 years old now. pic.twitter.com/CNSfXtg6Et— Yolian Ortiz FOX46 (@YolianFOX46) August 1, 2016