Dog shot with arrow in Riverside is euthanized
Authorities in Riverside are asking for the public's help in finding whoever shot a dog with an arrow from a crossbow, causing injuries so severe it had to be euthanized.
A private foundation has put up a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
A security guard found the German shepherd mix around noon Wednesday on the campus of La Sierra University, said John Welsh, spokesman for Riverside County Animal Services.
When he looked closer, he saw an arrow lodged in the dog’s side, Welsh said Thursday.
It was unclear whether the dog had come onto the campus from surrounding neighborhood streets after being injured or how long the animal might have been suffering, Welsh said.
Due to the dog’s panic and distress, animal services officials had to use a catch pole to apprehend the animal, which was taken to Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley.
They gave the animal pain medication and antibiotics, but “it was almost pretty much beyond help,” Welsh said.
"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 decision was made to euthanize the dog in order to relieve its suffering, Welsh said.
“We’re a big organization. We come across some heinous things,” Welsh said. “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?'"
The dog did not have any identifiers, such as a microchip.
The ASK Foundation, a nonprofit, charitable group connected to the city and county shelter is sponsoring the reward.
Anyone with information is asked to call the shelter at (951) 358-7387.
-- Ann M. Simmons
Photo: The injured dog. Credit: Riverside County Animal Services