The 4-month old chihuahua-mix puppy was discovered by a woman who heard the puppy "screaming" in a Desert Hot Springs neighborhood. A sheriff's deputy responded to the woman's 911 call, and the puppy was transported to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus.
Once they were able to sedate the puppy and x-ray her, the veterinary team was relieved to learn that the arrow's trajectory missed the puppy's vital arteries and that they would be able to safely remove the arrow through surgery.
From the the Riverside County Department of Animal Services:
“For someone to willfully shoot this poor pup with an arrow is disgusting,” Animal Services Director Erin Gettis said. “We are shocked and we hope someone can provide us any information as to who did this. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to treat this puppy and work on finding her a suitable home.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 951-358-7387 or e-mail Animal Services at email@example.com.
“Ivan did such an amazing job to save this dog’s life,” Ellison said. “It’s amazing to see her affection, despite what occurred. She is such a sweet puppy. I cannot imagine why anyone would do something so terrible to such an innocent creature. It’s very sick.”
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