A pit bull mix is recovering at TLC Veterinary Clinic on Snow Road after it was found with an arrow through his shoulder nearly two days ago. Dr. Lynne Leonard said the practice arrow penetrated the animal's left shoulder, narrowly missing the his lung.
Dr. Leonard said the injury appears to be intentional based on the direction of the arrow. But animal control officials said they don't know yet if the injury was intentional or accidental.
An animal rescue group has agreed to take over the dog, which has been named Lucky.
Update December 15, 2010 4:09pm - The following article is by Renee Dials, WALA:
Dog shot with arrow recovers at clinic
A dog that was found shot with an arrow is recovering at a veterinary clinic. It doesn't appear authorities are any closer to finding out who is responsible.
"That morning we heard a yelping under the trailer. It was a couple of dogs underneath there. We shooed him out, and nobody noticed no arrow or nothing, because it was dark," the woman said.
The dog was shooed from one home around 2:00 in the morning. It wasn't until hours later that another neighbor discovered the animal had been shot with an arrow.
The arrow went in through the top of the dogs left shoulder and went through his chest. Dr. Lynne Leonard said it narrowly missed his vital organs.
"It looked like somebody was maybe sitting in a tree stand and the angle that the arrow entered the body it was definitely something high it had some force," Dr. Leonard said.
Mobile County Animal Control is investigating the incident. They still don't know if the shooting was intentional or accidental.
Bayou La Batre Police said they're willing to help with the investigation, because it happened in their jurisdiction. But Sgt. Jason Edwards said the department must have a complaint to act on first.
"Anybody that saw anything, heard of anything, or anybody in the neighborhood that knew about it could call, and make a complaint, and then at that time the Bayou La Batre Police Department can pick up an investigation on it," Sgt. Edwards said.
The woman said the dog has been in the neighborhood for more than a year, since its owners moved out.
"They all call him Big Red," she said.
Big Red has a new name now, it's "Lucky" because he really is lucky to be alive.