Retired veteran Billy Morris faced a dog owner’s worst nightmare after realizing his companion dog, Cotton, appeared to have been shot with an arrow.
Morris noticed Cotton approaching him while he was feeding the chickens at his mini-farm in Oak Grove, Alabama, only to realize an object was sticking out of his body.
“As he rolled onto his broadside, I noticed that something was sticking out of his side,” Morris told WBRC. Cotton did in fact have an arrow lodged in his body and Morris doesn’t believe it was an accident.
The four-year-old Great Pyrenees is a companion dog for Morris, who is a disabled veteran. “He was barely breathing. He actually lay down at my feet and in that moment I knew he was in serious trouble,” Morris added.
Because of his military training, Morris immediately wrapped Cotton and took him to a veterinarian, who had to administer mouth-to-snout resuscitation on his pet along the way.
“I was afraid that I would lose my dog. He was less than 20 percent breathing capacity, I was practically breathing for him,” Morris said.
Cotton is now recovering from her collapsed lung, but Morris isn’t happy to just let things continue as they have been. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating the incident, and Morris told WBRC that a similar situation recently happened with one of his neighbor’s dogs.
For Morris, Cotton has been a constant in his life lately as he copes with both his military trauma and a divorce. With all the changes in life, Cotton has always stayed the same.
“If my son isn’t there, it’s just me and him,” he said. “He follows me here across the farm. I just enjoy his company. He’s part of the family.”
A popular and friendly dog in the community, Morris can roam the neighborhood.
“We come. we come for you The community is coming for you,” Morris told WVTM13. “What you have done is completely inhuman and justice will catch up with you.”
news week has reached out to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for comment.
Last month, a former sergeant’s service dog was shot dead by a man at an animal shelter in Florida.
The owner took his pet to his friend’s shelter like he does every morning and locked him in a kennel an hour before opening. However, a young man approached the cage before staff arrived and shot and killed the dog.
A suspect was arrested after surveillance footage captured the entire incident, including the man who allegedly mocked and filmed the therapy dog beforehand.
https://www.newsweek.com/disabled-veteran-support-dog-shot-arrow-farm-alabama-1708113 A disabled veteran gives mouth-to-mouth touch to a faithful support dog who was shot with an arrow