Veterinarians say the canine, who was named Arrow by his rescuers, "is one lucky dog," reports
MyFoxAtlanta. “It missed the eye by about a quarter of an inch," said Dr. James Hayes.
The dog, a mixed breed pit bull, was found wandering the streets of Atlanta with the arrow lodged in his head, according to county animal services spokeswoman Jolene Butts Freeman. It was caught by animal services officers and taken to a veterinarian at "Pets are People Too" animal hospital for emergency care.
“This is an act of animal cruelty, plain and simple," Tony Phillips, assistant director of Fulton County Environment and Community Development, said in a statement
to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We cannot tolerate this type of inhumane behavior in Fulton County and will use all available means to identify the perpetrators.”
A hospital spokesman said it took an hour to remove the arrow from the dog's head. He is said to be recovering nicely and is not expected to have any long-term neurological effects from the damage caused by the puncture wound. Arrow will be placed up for adoption after his injuries have healed.
The Fulton County Animal Services has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for shooting the dog in the head. They are asking
anyone with information on what they called, "an egregious case of animal cruelty" to contact animal services at 404-613-0358.