Regina, Canada (Global News) - She's been dubbed Arrow, because of the arrow that pierced her body.
This dog in Canada had an arrow puncture just one centimeter above her spinal cord. Veterinarians say any lower, and she could've died.
"Especially for how close it came to actually hitting the dogs spine, we couldn't have asked for a better wound. when you look at it in terms of how lethal an arrow shot could be, it missed the rib cage," said Gerard Cantin, a veterinarian.
The stray pup was found about 45 minutes outside the Regina, Canada, curled up by the side of a building.
"She was shaky, it was a little bit cold last night, around minus six when we got there, so she wasn't in a shelter, but she was in a lot of pain, you can see a lot of blood in the area, and around and obviously her wound was very fresh," said Stephanie Senger, a foster coordinator.
The shepherd-cross was immediately brought in for x-rays and emergency overnight treatment.
"The odd time we'll see some pretty big wounds, but this is the first time I've ever seen an intended lethal shot with a bow and arrow," Cantin says.
Arrow is currently healing at the clinic, and despite her severe wounds, doctors expect it'll be a happy tale, and she'll be back on her feet in no time.
"I anticipate she'll make a full recovery. i don't think this is going to keep her down too long. a couple of weeks of rest, pain meds, antibiotics," Cantin added. "I'm very confident of that."
The rescue group is asking for the public's assistance with any donations to help pay her medical bills.
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