Posted in the Austin Forum
#1 Mar 29, 2011
I am posting this to let everyone know of a horrible incident that occurred last week. Last Thursday night (between 7:30-8 p.m), Rayne, our flat-coated retriever, was shot with an arrow. It entered just beside her ribcage and exited through her neck. We rushed her to the 24-hr. animal hospital in Little Rock, and she somehow pulled through the night, and through the surgery to remove the arrow. Knowing several people that hunt for sport we asked for information about what happened to her. She was shot with a possible crossbow bolt with a Broadhead tip, and the position that the arrow went through her was described as a killshot. This was when we first started to realize that someone had actually tried to kill our dog.
Fortunately our Rayne survived!! The Broadhead "exploded" when it hit her leg bone, and she does have a good amount of the broadhead shrapnel left in her, along with some pretty serious tissue damage. Her leg bone is fractured, and it is believed that it hit the bone hard enough to "bounce" it off-course and re-direct the arrow away from her chest and heart.
The Vet Surgeon believes that she might have suffered some nerve damage to the leg, and that the leg may have to be amputated. Our regular Vet tells us that we have to wait until the splint comes off her leg to be able to tell if Rayne has suffered any nerve damage, plus she is still in a dangerous time of possible infection. Only time will tell.
I would also like to tell of another incident that happened a few weeks ago in which our other dog, a Lab retriever named Pepper, suffered a serious injury to his leg. Again this happened in the evening, and he had come home with a slice that had opened his leg in the area of his "wrist", and we could see the joint, muscles and tissue inside of his leg. We did treat him ourselves and kept it clean and bandaged, and two weeks later the skin on his leg finally grew back together with no setting in of infection. Lucky dogs!!
We believe that the two incidents are connected, and that both incidents took place on our property. We believe this because when Rayne got shot she was bleeding very heavily and couldn't use her leg-she wasn't able to get very far. Pepper was also bleeding badly and couldn't use his leg-he wasn't able to get very far. Also we have found arrows in our yard before. This means that someone has purposely shot into our yard before, and as a mother this terrifies and angers me. The yard I'm talking about is the yard that my 9-year old plays in, and (weather permitting) my little girl is always out playing with--you guessed it--the dogs!! She is always out there with the dogs, especially when she's waiting for her Dad to get home from work at the Air Force Base. I know that these arrows could just as easily have ended up in my husband or my daughter, and am sickened to even think of what could happen knowing that some random punk goes hunting in our yard.
A note about our Rayne and Pepper: they are excellent-tempered, very well-behaved and loving animals that are well-taken care of and kept current on all vaccinations, Rabies shots, flea & tick protection, etc. We believe that this is very important not only to the health and safety of our family and the dogs, but to the community in which we live. We are responsible pet-owners and take the care of our animals seriously. Being a Military family we make doubly-sure to follow the guidelines set within the community.
Most people know that when an animal is hurt they will bite or snarl and growl out of pain and fear when you try to move them--my Rayne didn't so much as whimper. She's a sweet-tempered, loyal, trusting dog, and even the vets that are treating her love working with her.
I think that anyone reading this can understand the outrage and pain this one family is feeling, and dog-owners beware--someone is hunting the dogs (at least our dogs) on Campground Road.
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