A dog that was found muzzled and shot in the head “execution style” has survived and found a forever home with one of his rescuers.

On Nov. 2, a lineman crew had been working on a mountain in Cowlitz County, Washington, when the workers saw something lying in a ditch. Upon a closer look, the crew discovered that it was a dog with its muzzle duct taped shut and a wounded head.

The linemen cut the duct tape off the dog’s muzzle before driving it to the Humane Society of Cowlitz County. “X-Rays revealed that he was indeed shot ‘execution style’ in the head and the bullet struck his eye and is lodged near his jaw,” the humane society said in a Facebook post.

The pup, later named Trooper, was nursed back to health and cleaned up before he was fostered by one of the linemen for a week. “We’re just glad we can help in any way. He deserves it,” Kasey Williams, who fostered the dog, told KENS

Darren Ullmann, executive director of the humane society, said that Trooper may have been there for three or four days before he was found. “They left him there to die,” Ullmann told the station.

Now, Trooper is a much happier, healthier pup, playing with toys and enjoying the company of his rescuers. One of the linemen, Dylan Shulda, ended up deciding to adopt the lucky pup.

“Our daughter moved away to college,” Shulda told KENS. “So, we’d been kicking around the idea of adopting another dog.”

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The dog’s shooting remains under investigation by the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

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