A 4-month-old Chihuahua shot dead with an arrow as long as its body is expected to survive after Riverside County vets removed the arrow from its neck.
The unnamed dog was found Monday in the 15500 block of Avenida Florencita in unincorporated Desert Hot Springs, according to Riverside County Animal Services. The dog was found by Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies after a woman heard the injured dog crying and called 911. Deputies picked up the dog and turned him over to an animal services officer near the Riverside County’s Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms.
Animal Services Officer Matthew Perez saw that an arrow had pierced the beige chihuahua’s neck and restrained the dog as he transported him to the animal hospital. Licensed veterinary technician Ivan Herrera put the dog to sleep and veterinarian Dr. Luis Lizarraga reviewed the x-rays and approved the safe removal of the arrowhead, according to Animal Services. The arrow did not hit the puppy’s vital arteries.
“For someone to deliberately shoot this poor pup with an arrow is disgusting,” Animal Services Director Erin Gettis said in a statement. “We are shocked and hope someone can provide us with information on who did this. In the meantime, we will continue to care for this pup and work to find him a suitable home.
Veterinary technician Emily Ellison said: “It’s amazing to see his affection, despite what has happened. She is such a sweet pup. I can’t imagine why anyone would do such a terrible thing to such an innocent creature. It’s very sick.
Anyone with information about this dog is asked to call (951) 358-7387 or message Riverside County Animal Services at [email protected]
This incident is the second animal attack with a bow in Riverside County.
In April, a wild burro died after being shot with an arrow. Animal services officers found the burro with an arrow in the underside and were able to lead it safely to people at the nonprofit Donkeyland. They transported the animal to an equine hospital in Norco. But the donkey died during the operation and his death is under investigation. DonkeyLand officials said the donkey’s name was “Bobby”.
Animal services were able to recover the arrow and hand it over to law enforcement. It is unclear if the arrow that hit the chihuahua is similar to the one that hit the burro.
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