War veteran to meet dog he helped save

Published: Dec. 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2014 at 10:44 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Vietnam War Veteran who donated $1,000 towards the treatment of a dog who was found shot in Hollywood last month will finally get to meet the pup he helped save.

Dara, a hound mix, was found November 7 hiding outside a house in Hollywood after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to her legs.

Vincent Bertolini of Summerville heard Dara's story, and having been shot in the legs himself while serving in Vietnam, decided to donate $1,000 to her treatment.

"I understood what she was going through, because when I was shot, all I could think of is 'I need to hide and be safe,' and that's exactly what Dara did," Bertolini told the Charleston Animal Society.

Dara was taken to the Charleston Animal Society, and underwent surgery three days later. She is now well into her recovery, and living with a foster family.

Bertolini will finally get to meet Dara in-person on Saturday afternoon when her foster family brings her to the Charleston Animal Society.

Authorities are still investigating Dara's shooting, and a $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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