Richland County Officials Investigate Fatal Shooting Of Dog, Cat With Arrow
Inside the Richland County Humane Society, 20 formerly abused dogs are getting a second chance at life.
The same cannot be said for a dog discovered Saturday in a pool of blood.
“There was nothing for us to do to help the animal,” says Missy Houghton of the Humane Society of Richland County.
Agents say the dog, a female Mastiff less than a year old, was shot in the head at close range.
The dog was found in a designated hunting area. It had no collar and no microchip to determine its owner. While agents say it's cruel to shoot a dog - it's not illegal in Ohio if it's your own pet.
“I think this one is hard just because we don't know what happened, and we don't know why someone felt that that was what they needed to do,” she says.
Houghton says whoever killed the dog restrained it against a tree before it was shot.
“It was partially suspended in a tree, like there was a leash. It's head and upper feet were off the ground", she said.
An examination found the dog also had a broken jaw.
“I don't know if the jaw being broken was the result of it being shot, because it was shot in the head. So we don't know if that was the result of the gun shot or that was an additional trauma the dog had to suffer,” she said.
It's not the only gruesome case agents are working.
A week earlier, they found this cat. That's an arrow through its midsection.
“It missed the spine by two inches and missed the jugular by an inch", she said.
The cat survived.
Agents says cases like this are rare, the goal now is to find the people who did it.
“We're hoping to find the responsible person and bring them to justice", she said.