The public is invited to shake paws with Zeus, the Doberman pinscher shot by an intruder in a Metairie backyard, on Saturday at a homecoming party thrown by his family and The Humane Society of Louisiana. “We’re doing this to celebrate our hero being home,” said the dog’s owner, Henry McCaskill.
Zeus was wounded June 25 after bounding into the backyard of McCaskill’s house, chasing after a trespasser. The unidentified intruder shot the pup. The bullet shattered Zeus’ teeth, tore through the dog’s jaw and lodged in its shoulder.
McCaskill and family scrambled to come up with the money needed to treat the dog. But generous donors more than covered Zeus’ hefty surgery bills after its plight went public. Those donors are especially invited to attend Saturday’s gathering.
“We’re going to thank them,” McCaskill said. “They can shake hands with Zeus and they can take pictures with him.”
On hand will also be some of the hundreds of letters and get-well notes sent to Zeus from around the country. McCaskill said a man in Dallas sent him a banner bearing Zeus’ picture and declaring the Doberman a hero.
Zeus’ benefactors contributed enough money to pay the surgery within the first 36 hours of the public appeal, according to Jeff Dorson, executive director for the Humane Society. The extra money collected for the Zeus Medical Fund will be used to cover any additional medical bills the McCaskills may incur. But the surplus money will also go towards the care of other animals in need, Dorson said.
Zeus’ homecoming party will be held from Noon to 3 p.m. at McCaskill’s residence, 909 Wilker Neal Ave., Metairie. For more information, contact the Humane Society of Louisiana at 888.648.6263.