Stray dog shot with arrow between its eyes in Walker County
Update: The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible in this case has been raised to $2,500.
Original: On Wednesday afternoon, the Walker County Humane Society rescued a stray dog who had been shot with an arrow between its eyes. The arrow has since been removed, and the dog is recovering at the humane society.
Carbon Hill residents who noticed the injured dog alerted authorities after unsuccessful attempts at catching her last week. The humane society says the dog was so scared that rescue workers had to use sedative-laced cat food to catch her.
Locals had been feeding the stray dog, the human society says.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that could lead to a conviction. In this case, the person faces first degree animal abuse charges, which holds a one to 10 year prison sentence as well as a $15,000 fine. Anyone who knows the person responsible for the dog's injuries is urged to contact the Walker County Sheriff's Office at (205) 302-6464.
While this case is under investigation, the sheriff's office is looking into the case of a cat shot in the leg. As a result of the incident, the cat will lose its leg.
Susie Vann is on the board of directors for the Walker County Humane Society. She said they get two to three calls a week of animal abuse, neglect or abandonment.
"To me, yes it is a crisis because when you are getting two to three calls a week, that is a crisis," Vann said. "If someone is going to abuse an animal, they are going to use a child. It's proven. Animal abuse goes hand in hand with drug abuse. It's proven. It's got to stop."
Vann and Director of the Walker County Humane and Adoption Center, Jeff Lockhart said the abuse is widespread across the county. They add there is no need for it.
"It makes me sick in my stomach," Lockhart said. "It is awful, it is inhumane. God put these animals on this earth for us to love, not to abuse them, not to beat them, not to shoot them. They are here for our enjoyment."
Vann said when their office learns of a possible case, they contact the sheriff's office that has two deputies who deal with animal abuse cases. Sheriff Jim Underwood said animal abuse cases do not take away from other cases the department handles. The case is investigated, and if charges are to be brought, the animal is seized and held by the humane society. The matter then goes to court.