by: Travis SchleppNexstar Multimedia Cable
(KTLA) — An investigation is ongoing after a 4-month-old Chihuahua puppy was found with an arrow in its neck in California.
The pup was taken to an animal hospital Monday morning after being found in the unincorporated area of Desert Hot Springs in the Coachella Valley.
A woman called the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to report that she had been awakened by the “screaming” dog, according to Riverside County Animal Services.
A sheriff’s deputy and animal services officer responded to the area to retrieve the female chihuahua and take her to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms for treatment.
The young dog was sedated and vets took x-rays of his injuries. Fortunately, the projectile bypassed all vital arteries and the veterinary team approved the removal of the arrow from the dog’s neck.
“For someone to deliberately shoot this poor pup with an arrow is disgusting,” Riverside County Animal Services Director Erin Gettis said in a news release. “We are shocked and hope someone can provide us with information on who did this.”
Despite his injuries, the dog should recover. Animal services will continue to care for the dog and then work to find him a new home, Gettis said.
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