Giles County man, dog recovering after shooting that led to standoff

Bo suffered fractured jaw and gunshot wound to his leg

By Brittny McGraw - Anchor

GILES COUNTY, Va. - A man and his dog continue to recover after the man's stepson shot both of them last week,  Giles County Sheriff's deputies said.

The shooting happened at a home on Church Hill Road in Eggleston.

Investigators said the suspect, Brian Keith Albert, of Gretna, barricaded himself inside the home after the shooting.

Deputies said Albert surrendered several hours later and law enforcement officers took him into custody without further incident.

Relatives of the shooting victim said he suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and has been released from a hospital, but needs to use a wheelchair for now.

Veterinarians at Town and Country Veterinary Clinic in Christiansburg are treating the victim's dog, Bo.

Dr. Kelly Burdette, who performed surgery on Sunday to remove a bullet from Bo's face, said the dog should make a full recovery.

"Actually, at this point, he's doing great, considering he got shot two to three times in the face," Burdette said.

Burdette said Bo also suffered a fractured jaw and a gunshot wound to his leg.

"We're assessing his leg at this time," she said. "It has also been shot and fractured."

Burdette said it's not clear yet if Bo's leg will require surgery.

She said Bo's medical care could cost $8,000 to $9,000 and people in the community have been asking how they can help.

"There have been quite a few families that have called in, asking about contributing to his care," Burdette said. "There's a financial need with respect to the dog and the family."

Anyone who would like to help can call the clinic, and any donations will be put directly into Bo's account.

People can also make donations for Bo through the Veterinary Care Foundation. The foundation is a charitable organization that offers financial support to veterinary practices that provide no-cost or low-cost care to sick and hurt animals.

There's also a GoFundMe account for Bo's care.

Burdette said the focus now is on nursing Bo back to health.

"Now it's going to be a little TLC and maybe surgery," she said.

Albert, who is accused of shooting Bo and Bo's owner, remains behind bars, charged with malicious wounding, animal cruelty and shooting in an occupied dwelling, among other charges.
 

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