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$500 reward offered in crossbow attack on German shepherd

July 29, 2011 |  9:30 am

German shepherd shot by arrow

A Riverside animal-rights group is offering a $500 reward in the fatal wounding of a German shepherd puppy with a crossbow.

The ASK Foundation, a nonprofit group that works with the city/county animal shelter, is hoping someone will come forward with information leading to an arrest.

A security guard found the 6-month-old dog with an arrow lodged in its side around noon Wednesday at La Sierra University, authorities said. Officials took the dog to Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley.

Veterinary staff tried to stabilize the dog, giving it pain medication and antibiotics, but were unable to save the animal.

"He was bleeding from his nose, and he was having difficulty breathing," Eileen Sanders, a veterinary technician, said in a statement. "His right-side lung was either filled with blood or had collapsed."

The dog, which had no identification, was then euthanized. Authorities do not know if the animal had gone onto the campus after being injured or whether it had been injured at the university.

"We’'e a big organization. We come across some heinous things," Riverside County Animal Services spokesman John Welsh told The Times on Thursday. "But this is one of the ones that really make you shake your head. It's malicious and disgusting ... and does make you ask the question, 'Why?'"

Anyone with information is asked to call the shelter at (951) 358-7387.

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Photo: The injured German shepherd. Credit: Riverside County Animal Services

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