Samson the dog passes away

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A dog that had been rescued after being shot and left to die in Harvey County has passed away.

In 2015, a young pit bull named Samson was found barely alive by a farmer in Harvey County. Samson had been shot in the head and left in a mud hole for five to seven days before being discovered.

Rescuers from two local non-profits, K-9 Karma and Beauties and Beasts, were able to nurse him back to health with the help of community donations.

(Dog shot and left to die continues to improve)

Samson was able to live his final years with a much higher quality of life thanks to his rescuers.

"He's happy. He's no longer on pain medications. He goes to daycare three times a week. He comes to therapy twice a week. He's happy. He loves life and I'm not going to take that from him," said Jessica Sherwood with K-9 Karma.

On Sunday, the Facebook group "Samson Strong" notified everyone that Samson had started to develop major health complications over the past few months. A medical exam revealed a cancerous tumor had formed on his bladder.

Samson's quality of life was severely declining and as a result, the decision was made to put him to rest.