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TX: Hunter intentionally shoots girlfriend's dog with arrow

Man arrested after shooting dog with arrow

Posted: June 5, 2008 12:18 PM
Updated: June 5, 2008 07:41 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) -- A Cedar Park man was arrested after shooting and killing his girlfriend's dog.

Officers said they arrested Kenneth Holder, 47, Tuesday, because he used a hunting bow and arrow to kill the pet.

"Cedar Park Police were initially summoned to the address on a dog bite call," said police Capt. Jeff Hayes.

When officers arrived at the North King Canyon home, officers realized much more than just a dog bite had gone on.

Police said Holder was trying to wash the dog, and when the animal would not obey his commands, Holder began to "manhandle" the pet. That is apparently when things started getting out of control, and the dog bit him.

"He did admit to waiting approximately an hour and reportedly drinking, and then went outside with a bow and hunting arrow, and shot the dog with the bow and arrow," Hayes said.

The dog was shot in its hind leg. The injury was so severe that a doctor was unable to mend him, so the dog was euthanized.

"This is the first time that I've seen a case like this, where someone used a hunting bow and arrow to kill a domesticated animal," Hayes said.

Holder would not comment about the incident or charges but said he is innocent.

If found guilty, Holder could serve up to two years in jail and be fined $10,000.  

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