Chihuahua puppy shot by arrow in Riverside County survives after emergency surgery

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. (CNS) — A Chihuahua mix puppy was shot through the neck with an arrow in Desert Hot Springs Monday, requiring emergency surgery that vets believe will be successful in saving the puppy’s life.

The 4-month-old female was found early Monday morning by a woman at block 15500 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 up by the puppy’s barking and immediately went outside to check.

She found the Chihuahua with an arrow that went right through the little dog’s neck.

“It’s disgusting when someone intentionally shoots that poor pup with an arrow,” said Erin Gettis, director of the Animal Welfare Service. “We are shocked and hope someone can give us information on who did this. In the meantime we will continue to treat this puppy.”

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

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

“She’s such a cute pooch,” said veterinary tech Emily Ellison, who takes care of 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 will eventually be put up for adoption pending recovery.

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

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