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TN Dog shot by arrow

30 Aug 2007

To the Editor:

Last week a stray dog who had been shot through the chest with a hunting arrow was saved by a Portland veterinarian. According to Dr. Aaron Myers, this was not a mistake or tragic accident. "The aim is perfect. I mean, it was like someone who hunts, they were going directly for her heart through her back," Dr. Myers is quoted as saying in an article posted to wsmv.com

Unfortunately, this is becoming a common occurrence. Just last month Rutherford County Animal Control rescued a dog who was used for target practice and shot with bow and arrow.

Both of these innocent dogs were preyed upon by disturbed hunters, likely torturing helpless dogs for kicks. How depraved. How sad.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency should cover the necessary medical expenses that required to help these dogs because it shares the blame for these senseless acts of violence. The agency recruits and encourages hunters to kill animals just as helpless as these dogs, but it calls those animals “game.” When a disturbed person is taught to kill under the guise of hunting or conservation, sometimes that disturbed individual will take out their rage on a domestic animal. Sometimes their rage will be directed toward a fellow human.

We implore the hunters who shot these dogs to seek professional help, because they are time-bombs waiting to explode. We also call on the Wildlife Resources Agency to cease its hunting programs before it creates more sick people who take pleasure in shooting dogs. As long as state agencies conspire with the weapons industry in promoting violence as recreation, acts like these will always take place.

Help us end this violence by eliminating sport hunting forever. Please visit www.cashwildwatch.org to help make the world a safer place for wildlife and people.

Joe Miele, Vice President

The Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
Box 562
New Paltz, NY 12561

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WSMV.com Veterinarian Saves Dog Shot By Arrow Dog To Be Ready For Adoption Soon

Reported By Tressa Bush

POSTED: 12:12 pm CDT August 27, 2007 UPDATED: 9:27 am CDT August 28, 2007

PORTLAND, Tenn. -- A stray dog that was shot with an arrow has survived surgery and is almost ready for adoption.

On Saturday, Channel 4 reported the story of a stray dog in Goodlettsville that had been shot through the chest with an arrow.

The German shepherd-mix survived a surgery to remove the arrow and will soon be looking for a new home.

Dr. Aaron Myers said the dog is 18-24-months-old and that last week he and the dog forged a strong bond that will never go away.

“I could tell from where (the arrow) was, it was right by her spinal cord in the back (and) that it was pretty serious and pretty deep. If the arrow was off a millimeter in any direction, it would have killed her,” he said.

Myers said he did not think she'd live. He said her injuries were so bad, he considered euthanizing her.

But, he said, the injured dog’s eyes spoke to him and he heard her.

“You could tell she was innocent. Obviously somebody was very cruel to her and she just looked at you like, 'Fix me.' I just couldn't do it,” he said.

Myers said the surgery went fine and that his attention is turning to getting the person responsible. He thinks the shooter was an adult.

"The aim is perfect. I mean, it was like someone who hunts, they were going directly for her heart through her back," Myers said.

Myers will keep her for observation for at least 10 more days then she’ll be ready for adoption.

For information about adopting the puppy or others, call Allison at Miss Alli’s Rescue in Portland at 615-268-4275 or visit Miss Alli’s Rescue Web site.

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