HENDERSON -- A family is mourning loss of its family pet to an arrow shot by some unknown archer, the second domestic animal shot by a miscreant recently.
“Buddy”, a four-year-old Basset Hound, belonged to Tyler Patin and his family. The dog was discovered on the door step with an arrow in its abdomen.
He was rushed to a Breaux Bridge clinic but could not survive the injury.
According to Animal Control Sgt. Terrell Bergeron, this is the second family pet that has been shot in recent months by a bow and arrow.
A cat was also shot in the stomach near the M and M Fishing Center on Henderson Hwy. The arrow did not pierce the lining of the stomach wall, and the cat survived.
The Humane Society of Louisiana is offering a $500.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Buddy’s death. To offer a tip or speak to a representative, please call 1-888-6-humane.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Buddy’s untimely death and the gruesome way in which he died. We suspect that errant hunters shot Buddy deliberately or by mistake. Our humane society receives more and more calls from the public each year, whose companion animals are being shot to death or wounded during hunting season.
“We fear that these dogs and cats are either being mistaken for wild animals or simply shot by careless hunters who will shoot anything that moves. Just recently, another dog was shot near a deer stand in a different parish, and he remained alive and immobilized in a field for five days until he was found. The dog died a few days later from his injuries,” said Jeff Dorson, HSL Director.