A Southern California Chihuahua puppy survived being shot in the neck with an arrow, after the projectile missed vital arteries.
A woman called 911 Monday to say she found the injured pup in Desert Hot Springs after hearing animal cries, according to a news release from Riverside County Animal Services.
Animal services posted a shocking photo on social media showing the pup with the arrow still stuck in its neck. But his injuries weren’t as bad as they looked.
“It was a purely superficial injury,” Ivan Herrera, a vet tech who helped treat the pup, told the Los Angeles Times.
With the arrow now safely removed, the Chihuahua’s good spirits returned.
“She’s lively, wags her tail like a puppy and barks to get our attention,” Herrera said.
Veterinary staff and animal service workers are horrified by the possibility that someone shot the little dog on purpose.
“He’s such a sweet pup,” veterinary technician Emily Ellison, who is helping with the dog’s treatment, said in the animal services statement. “I can’t imagine why anyone would do such a terrible thing to such an innocent creature. It’s very sick.
Animal services are asking anyone with information about what happened to contact them.
“For someone to deliberately shoot this poor pup with an arrow is disgusting,” Director Erin Gettis said in the department’s statement. “We are shocked and hope someone can provide us with information on who did this.”