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Suspect who shot puppy with arrow wanted: RivCo Animal Services

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – A Chihuahua mix puppy was shot in the neck with an arrow in Desert Hot Springs on Monday, requiring emergency surgery that veterinarians say will save the pup’s life.

The four-month-old female was found early Monday morning by a woman in the 15500 block of Avenida Florencita near Camino Campanero, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

Agency spokesman John Welsh said the resident, whose identity has not been released, was woken by the yelping puppy and immediately went outside to check.

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She found the Chihuahua with an arrow going straight through the little dog’s neck.

“For someone to deliberately shoot this poor pup with an arrow is disgusting,” said Erin Gettis, director of animal services. “We are shocked, and hope someone can provide us with information on who did this. In the meantime, we will continue to treat this pup.”

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The dog was turned over to a sheriff’s deputy, who then turned her over to an animal control officer, after which she was transferred to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms for surgical removal of the arrow, according to Welsh .

He said that, surprisingly, the projectile did not “hit the puppy’s vital arteries”.

“He’s such a sweet pup,” said vet tech Emily Ellison, who cares for the dog. “I can’t imagine why anyone would do such a terrible thing to such an innocent creature. It’s very sick.”

Gettis said the Chihuahua, while awaiting recovery, will eventually be placed for adoption.

In the meantime, authorities are asking anyone with information about the act of cruelty to contact the Department of Animal Services at 951-358-7387.

Video of the dog, before and after surgery, can be viewed here:

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