Dr. Rob Conner of Mountain Home said the goose, which was brought to the All Creatures Veterinary Hospital May 2, when X-rays revealed it had been shot seven times with a pellet gun, became a local celebrity with a story in The Baxter Bulletin, and his fame went nationwide when the story was picked up by Web sites across the country, the Bulletin reported Wednesday.
"Apparently, someone didn't like him," Conner said. "Sometimes, people get upset because the geese go to the bathroom everywhere. There's got to be a better way to shoo them away, pepper spray or something."
Conner said 50 Cent will remain at the vet's office while he recovers from his injuries and will then be available for adoption.
"I want to find him a good home," Conner said. "I also hope his story will make people think twice about shooting geese."