Louie, a pit bull terrier mix, is recovering from gunshot wounds while being cared for at Cascade Veterinary Clinic in Wenatchee.

WENATCHEE — While Cane the pit bull terrier recovers from a trio of bullet wounds, authorities are trying to figure out what happened to the dog found dying on the side of a road.

Because Cane was found outside Wenatchee city limits, the case fell within the jurisdiction of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation, however, was moved to Wenatchee Police over a potential conflict of interest within the sheriff’s department, said Wenatchee Police Capt. Edgar Reinfeld.

He did not disclose the nature of the conflict. Results of the investigation are expected to be released Tuesday.

“Charges are possible, but I don’t know that it’s going to happen,” Reinfeld said.

A passerby found Cane June 5 near Beehive and Mission Ridge roads, about six miles southwest of Wenatchee. He’d been shot in the head, neck and shoulder.

It's not clear why he was shot.

As the investigation is sorted out, Cane is being treated at the Cascade Veterinary Clinic in Wenatchee. Dawn Davies, executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, said he’ll need surgery but that he needs to grow stronger first.

Aside from gunshot wounds, he also has a torn ACL, she said. And in a Facebook post, the Humane Society said he receives acupuncture to treat nerve damage in his right hind leg and that he appears to have a piece of cartilage obstructing blood flow to the spinal cord.

Cane will remain in medical foster care until the case is closed, Davies said.

The Humane Society will put him up for adoption and then select an owner from applicants.

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