Midland County, Texas – In a community half-way between Fort Worth and El Paso a nine-month-old stray dog was shot with an arrow on Friday night as the dog was trying to run away, but the Sheriff’s deputy told the animal’s rescuer there is nothing that can be done about it if the animal was on someone else’s property.
Jennifer Powell Grant, who found the black dog in her front yard Friday night and who with her neighbor rushed the suffering puppy to Medical Veterinary Service Clinic in Midland is now speaking out hoping that Midland County will do something about the rampant incidents of animal cruelty in her community.
In an interview with NewsWest 9, a West Texas television station, Grant told the reporter how shocked she was to see the practice arrow sticking through the puppy’s body. The dog underwent surgery, and as the veterinarian was stitching her up, the puppy went into cardiac arrest and died.
According to the veterinarian, it appeared as if the dog was trying to run away when someone shot her.
“Let’s just suppose in the worst case the dog was growling at someone,” stated Stacy McLaughlin of Port St. Lucie, Florida, “and the person felt threatened, so that person thought he had to defend himself. Let’s face it – who walks around with a bow and arrow? This had to be an intentional, cruel act of animal torture, and no one in the Sheriff’s office is willing to do an investigation? You better be sure the worse of the worst are going to be moving toward Midland in the future. It sounds like a vigilante county from the wild west of yesterday!”
And Stacy isn’t alone in her thoughts. Had Grant not been leaving water out for the stray dogs because of the intense heat wave, how long would the innocent, black dog with the arrow through her body have to had suffered until death became her final reward?
“Where does animal cruelty and torture come into play? He (Sheriff’s deputy) said if the dog’s on someone else’s property, there’s really nothing else you can do about it. I hope this opens some people’s eyes of the cruelty that’s going on in this county and we need a place to take these annimals. We need help in the county; we need a lot of help,” stated Grant.
Grant and the veterinarians are now trying to find homes for the other two strays.
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