Riverside – Authorities sought the public’s assistance today in their search for whoever shot a German shepherd puppy with an arrow in Riverside, causing fatal injuries.
“We work so hard around here to get through the day — and then something like this happens,” said Riverside County Department of Animal Services veterinary technician Eileen Sanders. “No matter how much we try to help all the animals that come through here, there always seems to be someone purposely causing an animal to suffer for some sick reason.”
According to animal control officials, the 6-month-old puppy was located around noon Wednesday by a security guard at La Sierra University. The canine had been disabled by an arrow fired from a cross-bow, said Animal Services spokesman John Welsh.
“The arrow penetrated the dog’s right side, injuring his spine,” he said, adding that one of the pup’s lungs was punctured.
An animal control officer rushed the dog to the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in Riverside, where efforts were made to save him.
“He was bleeding from his nose, and he was having difficulty breathing,” Sanders said. “His right-side lung was either filled with blood or had collapsed.”
A veterinarian euthanized the puppy, which had no tags or other signs of identification.
The nonprofit Animal Solutions Konnection — ASK — Foundation was expected to offer a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. The penalty for felony animal cruelty in California is a year in jail coupled with a $20,000 fine.
Anyone with information was urged to call Riverside police at (951) 826-5700 .
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