Hunting Accident File > Harassment: > 2005

Harassment by Hunters Documented:
Emotional Stress, Physical Injury, and Property Damage Inflicted Upon Innocent People by Those Who Hunt, Fish, and Trap

Local vet stitches up dog shot by arrow, urges area hunters to use more caution

LUCKY DOG! Sandy, a 4-year-old golden retriever, survived being mistaken for a deer and shot by an overeager bow hunter this week.

By: Jim Ashley

Source: The Herald-News


Dayton veterinarian Marshall Taylor has operated on more injured animals than he can remember, but the one he tended to last Saturday was one he will never forget.

A beautiful female golden retriever that weighed about 60 pounds was brought to his office with an arrow wound completely through its body.

The arrow, said Taylor, entered the dog’s right side, went under the spine and completely exited the body about the middle of its chest on the left side. The shooter, he noted, “hit her where it should have killed her.”

That the dog is still alive is a miracle the doctor said, adding, “Why she didn’t die, I don’t know.”

The 4-year-old dog, owned by Jeri Walker of Oak Hill, is “colored like a deer” and named Sandy. The dog, he said, was shot in the Oak Hill area and was probably mistaken for a deer because of its color.

Sandy, he noted, has an injured diaphragm and liver but is doing well and is expected to completely recover.

Taylor said he had seen many dogs injured by both arrows and bullets over the years and that he is concerned that hunters are “not properly identifying targets before they shoot.”

Unfortunately, he continued, some hunters stand for a long time without seeing anything to shoot, get bored and then “shoot anything that comes along.”

The person who shot Sandy is unknown, and there is probably “not much you can do” in this case, Taylor said, adding, “I hope they show more concern in the future.”

Jim Ashley can be reached at [email protected]


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