Cub might look like a typical dog, but he's endured suffering most people would find unimaginable. In February, he was discovered along a country road in New Mexico, half his body riddled with shotgun pellets, hobbling upon the exposed ends of bones where his hind legs once were - injuries consistent with a leghold trap.
"[Veterinarians] think he had been walking on his bones for weeks, since the healing showed it was not a new injury," Judy Paulsen, an antitrapping advocate from Project Coyote, told The Dodo.
"It's amazing the dog didn't bleed to death. He must have had such a strong will to live," she said. "I suspect this trapper checked his trap, found a dog in there and thought he must be dead and shot him to put him out of his misery when he turned out to be alive. This is all speculation, but we have so much of this going on all over the country."