Animal Control Crews Save Dog Shot With Arrows

By: Allison Hunt
By: Allison Hunt

Morristown, Hamblen County (WVLT) - His name suits his situation quite perfectly, but it's a shame, "Archer" had to get it in such an awful way.

Morristown Animal Control officers say the terrier was shot with several arrows and left for dead.

"It had a pretty rough life, pretty rough life even before he got shot," says Dr. Richard Hewitt from the Ridgefield Animal Hospital.

But the day animal control officers found this small terrier with an aluminum arrow stuck in his back leg may have been the worst day of his life.

"It was probably protruding about this much out of the animal," Animal Control Officer Richard Hart recalls. "Every time he would try to move his leg, the end of it here would actually jab him into his side causing smaller wounds."

But this awful day began to look a little brighter.

Officers say he appeared to be a stray, so he got a name.

"Archer," Hart says. "It seemed to suite him well. It seemed appropriate because he was involved with an arrow."

Archer was actually involved with three arrows.

One pierced the shin bone, which you can see in his x-ray picture. Another went right through the lower part of his chest and one grazed the back of his neck.

But with archer wrapped in a temporary splint, Dr. Richard Hewitt says he'll be ok. "He's bearing weight on it, there's no infection, there's been no infection in the bone."

Shaking and scared, Dr. Hewitt says archer will undergo surgery in a few days and is slowly learning to trust again. "He's been well cared for, the ladies who work here have definitely given him a lot of attention and babied him and he's building up a lot of trust, I think he'll be fine."

So the worst day of Archer's life, may have saved him, and made it the best day of his life.

"We're looking for a good home for it. Somewhere he can live out the rest of his life and be cared for and recuperate well," Hart says.

If you want to make a good home for Archer, you can apply at the Morristown Hamblen Humane Society at 300 Dice Street, or call them at 423-581-1494.

And animal control officers don't know who did this, so if you have any information, you are also asked to call them.

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  • by pat Location: virgnia on Jan 15, 2008 at 10:41 AM
    Whover is responsible for this act should be shot with arrows just as this poor defenseless dog was and left for dead and suffer too.
  • by Amber Location: Knoxville on May 5, 2007 at 06:59 PM
    I was wondering if there was anyway we could see a body shot of Archer.
  • by Shelly Location: Lexington, KY on May 2, 2007 at 11:34 AM
    There are so many other alternatives for pets who are not wanted. Why could'nt this sick individual just take him to the Humane Society instead trying to kill him? Just to think this idiot is walking the grounds with NO guilt or remorse, one could only imagine what he/she does or has done to human life!!!
  • by anthony Location: new york on May 1, 2007 at 10:56 PM
    i feel that its to bad that Archer dont have the chance too do the same thing back in this case it should be and eye for an eye
  • by nancy Location: greenville, sc on May 1, 2007 at 10:38 PM
    I would like to adopt this dog. If this is possible please let me know. I have 2 shitzu but my husband and I will give him a loving home and love him.
  • by Rod Location: Los Angeles on May 1, 2007 at 06:32 PM
    God bless the Vet and all those helping this poor animal, and God have mercy on whats left of the shooters soul.
  • by Barbara Location: New York on May 1, 2007 at 05:30 PM
    There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of sick behavior. An innocent animal not bothering anyone. Lax animal cruelty laws and failure to enforce the ones we have are the reason for this, people keep getting away with it. I wonder how this jerk would like getting shot 3 times with an arrow. Lock him up for at least 10 years when you find him and GOD BLESS THIS VET.
  • by Philip Location: New Jersey on May 1, 2007 at 03:37 PM
    Only the most cowardly of individuals would do such a thing. If perhaps a younster did this, a reckless youth with a bow and arrow, they should be found and corrected appropriately....before they continue along in their life to become a totaly destructive sociopath. Thank goodness this poor little dog will survive.
  • by Brandi Location: North Carolina on May 1, 2007 at 01:00 PM
    How can people be so cruel. This dog wasn't harming anyone. Whoever did this needs to pay all the medical bills and serve some time. I usually don't reply to things like this but this dog didn't ask for what he got. God bless the vet.
  • by Judy Location: FT.WORTH,TX on Apr 28, 2007 at 01:54 AM
    Who ever did this will never receive the punishment they deserve!which the same injury inflicted on them!


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