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Goose dubbed '50 Cent' after being shot

Katelynn Quenga, veterinary assistant at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital, checks the wing of a goose Monday morning following an operation to repiar the bird's wing. The goose was brought to All Creatures with seven gunshot wounds. Dr. Rob Conner operated on the goose and repaired a wing damaged by one of the gun shots. <a href="http://www.baxterbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=D3&Date=20120612&Category=PHOTOGALLERIES&ArtNo=612005&Ref=PH&odyssey=mod|mostpopphotos" target="_blank">(Kevin Pieper/The Baxter Bulletin)</a>
Katelynn Quenga, veterinary assistant at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital, checks the wing of a goose Monday morning following an operation to repiar the bird's wing. The goose was brought to All Creatures with seven gunshot wounds. Dr. Rob Conner operated on the goose and repaired a wing damaged by one of the gun shots. (Kevin Pieper/The Baxter Bulletin)

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark., June 13 (UPI) -- An Arkansas veterinarian said a goose named for rapper 50 Cent when he was found to have been shot seven times has become a national celebrity.

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.

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"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."

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