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.