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Dog shot with arrow in Okotoks

RCMP in Okotoks, Alta., are asking for the public's help in finding whoever shot a dog with an arrow earlier this month.

No arrests made as police issue plea for information

RCMP in Okotoks, Alta., are asking for the public's help in tracking down whoever shot a dog with an arrow earlier this month.

Eddie, a four-year-old Great Pyrenees, undergoes initial treatment after he was shot with an arrow. ((Courtesy of the C.A.R.E. Centre Animal Hospital))

Amy Gill, owner of the purebred Great Pyrenees, found her pet on 338 Avenue West near the Honda dealership around 3 p.m. MT on Aug. 8 — with the arrow still sticking out of his rib cage.

After extensive surgery, the four-year-old dog named Eddie survived.

Gill believes he was deliberately shot with a professional practice arrow and describes the attack as "mean and cruel."

"So we're looking for someone who is possibly a professional hunter or an avid hunter," said Okotoks RCMP Const. Kristen Ryan. 

Eddie, a four-year-old Great Pyrenees, recovers at his home near Okotoks. ((Bryan Labby/CBC))

"And potentially a neighbour who might have seen something or may know who has a bow and arrow in the rural area there."

Gill said the arrow entered Eddie's right side and partially came out on his left.

The arrow hit some of the dog's vital organs and a vet had to remove some of Eddie's lungs during a six-hour operation, which cost Gill $8,500.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Okotoks RCMP at 403-938-7046 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

With files from the CBC's Bryan Labby

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