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
New Paltz, NY 12561
WSMV.com Veterinarian Saves Dog Shot By Arrow Dog To Be Ready For
Reported By Tressa Bush
POSTED: 12:12 pm CDT August 27, 2007 UPDATED: 9:27 am CDT August 28,
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
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
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