THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. (AP) — A Chihuahua puppy found in Southern California with an arrow through its neck was expected to survive after vets removed the projectile, authorities said.
A woman reported to 911 that she found the wounded dog Monday in a neighborhood near the town of Desert Hot Springs after hearing the pup “screaming,” Riverside County Animal Services said in a statement.
A sheriff’s deputy picked up the 4-month-old female and took her to a zookeeper who took the pup to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus.
Veterinary staff determined the dart had missed the pup’s vital arteries and was removed.
“It’s disgusting for someone to intentionally shoot that poor pup with an arrow,” Animal Welfare Service Director Erin Gettis said in the statement. “We are shocked and hope someone can give us information on who did this.”
Gettis said the agency will continue to treat the pup and work to find her a home.
Veterinary tech Emily Ellison said the pup was affectionate.
“I can’t imagine why anyone would do such a terrible thing to such an innocent creature. It’s very sick,” Ellison said.
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