Monday, October 25, 2010

Dog Dies After Being Shot With Crossbow

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Kumo, a four-year-old Husky, was shot with a crossbow and died at an emergency hospital for animals in Barrie, Ont., over the weekend. “He was the most friendly dog in the world. He was my best friend,” owner Ron Warman said Monday morning. “It’s so frustrating that someone can get away with this and there’s nothing I can do. The only thing Kumo is guilty of is being too friendly. He was a big suck.”
Warman said he brought his dog with him to cut wood on his 100-acre property. “When I was finished I called for him and I could see him walking toward me with an arrow in him.” Warman said the arrow went through Kumo’s right shoulder, narrowly missing his heart and pierced out his side near his back left leg. “There was blood all down his legs. When I ran to him he just collapsed.” Warman brought his dog to the Airport Animal Clinic in North Bay, Ont.. Kumo was then rushed to the Huronia Veterinarian Emergency Clinic in Barrie.
“He died on the operating table,” Warman said. “He lasted eight hours after he was shot, and even through all that pain he was a good dog.” Paul Sidhu, a veterinarian at Airport Animal Clinic, said this is one of the most careless things he’s seen done to an animal. He said the dog came into the clinic with the arrow still in its body and bleeding badly. “It looks like the dog was shot at close range,” Sidhu said. “People shouldn’t be shooting a firearm unless they know what they’re shooting at.” Sgt. Al Gardiner said Ontario Provincial Police have a suspect and are investigating. “I understand the frustration of the dog owners. We’ve been consulting the OPP forensic identification unit to see if there’s anymore we can do to help our case.” Warman said his advice to other dog owners is to tie up their pets if there are hunters around. “We’re so upset over this,” he said. “We can’t sleep. There's so much frustration and there’s nothing we can do. We don’t want another family to have to go through this.”

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*The Toronto Sun