Man Who Allegedly Shot Dog With Arrows Arraigned

By: Allison Hunt
By: Allison Hunt

Morristown, Hamblen County (WVLT) - The outpouring of support over a dog shot with three arrows has been phenomenal. Friday, a man has been charged with the crime.

You can really feel the relief at the animal shelter Friday. Archer's case has gathered national attention.

But, most shocking, .the man charged with hurting him, 43-year-old David Thomas, was the man who called officers to report Archer was injured.

"He should have some closure himself," says Hamblen County Animal Control Officer Richard Hart.

And now Archer may have got it.

Hamblen County Animal Control officers say 43-year-old David Thomas was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal.

"Thomas signed a confession stating that he had shot Archer multiple times with arrows with the intent to kill him," says Hart.

Officers say Thomas surrendered his archery equipment, including this compound hunting bow authorities say Thomas admitted using to shoot Archer.

"Staff members made the comment that he wasn't remorseful at all about it," Hart says.

We tried to talk to Thomas, but he was not available.

"Lesson learned is call animal control if you have a stray problem," Hart says.

Dr. Richard Hewitt says Archer's surgery went extremely well and he's not only making a physical recovery, but an emotional one as well. "He's learned this little thing of running up and slides on his back for you to rub his stomach. That just shows you, he's good."

And soon Archer will be healthy enough to go to his new home.

The Morristown/Hamblen County Animal Shelter has received tons of emails and phone calls wanting to adopt him.

Some from as far away as San Diego and NYC.

"Animals give us joy, they give us companionship and something like this should never happen to an animal," Hart says.

If you want to make a donation for Archer's medical bills or would like to adopt Archer, you call the Hamblen/Morristown Animal Shelter at 423-581-1494 or you can go to 300 Dice Street.

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  • by Chris Location: Knoxville on Feb 9, 2008 at 12:57 PM
    what is going on with this guy?!?!? I would shoot myself before a dog. Geez I hope people like that are given severe punishment. This just really ticks me off
  • by Amanda on May 5, 2007 at 07:33 PM
    what the hell is that man's problem?This my sound crazy but i would give up my life to save a dog.that's how much i care ablot dogs!
  • by Cindy Clark Location: Kingston on May 4, 2007 at 04:51 PM
    This feel this hateful man needs to be charged with the highest punishment the law can extend. I am a lover of all animals and the abuse these loving creatures receive is just plain disgraceful. If pet owners can make the effort to spay/neuter their animals, we can help with the pet population as well.
  • by Lee Swanson Location: Crossville, TN on May 4, 2007 at 04:11 PM
    I am an animal lover and very proud of it, I believe people who will mistreat animals in any way should be delth with to the fullest extent of the law. I personally have had to call animal control in my area and they do nothing and in the meantime animals have suffered at the hands of their owner, there should be a law governing Animal Control as well or at least they should be held accountable when they are called and do nothing and something happens to that animal.
  • by Pet Lover Location: Morristown on May 4, 2007 at 12:03 PM
    They should shoot this man with a arrow and let him see how it feels. I am glad they have caught him. I have animals of my own and I can't ever imagine hurting them.


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