NEWARK, OH (WCMH) — Two pets were seriously injured after someone shot them with arrows. The dog and cat were shot on opposite sides of Newark, last Thursday and Friday.
Jerome Gillet told police that on Thursday, his dog Lady was inside the fenced backyard when he heard yelping. Gillett said his went outside and noticed she was bleeding and had a piece of arrow sticking out of her neck. The officer and Gillett were able to pull the arrow out and the dog was taken to Refugee Canyon Veterinary Services, where she was stitched up and survived.
Newark police said a GoFundMe site was in the initial stages, when Sgt. Clint Eskins said an anonymous donor paid the vet bill. Newark police Officer Ryan Fumi was at the scene where the dog was shot and police said he and the owner agreed to the officer adopting Lady if the vet bills were covered. Officer Fumi said Lady is doing well and resting at home.
Police said the dog was shot on Oak Street approximately two miles away from where a stray cat staying at a home on Wilson Street was shot with an arrow the next day.
Tom Meckling said he fed the cat for more than a year and it was very friendly. His girlfriend Joanne Wygle said she was sitting in the backyard when the cat ran by with an arrow sticking out of his side. She said Meckling called Newark Animal Control Officer Toby Wills and they tried to rescue the cat.
“He ran under the front porch and the arrow became dislodged,” said Wygle. The officer and Meckling tried using a flashlight to look for the cat, but Wygle said it vanished. Animal Control was able to retrieve the arrow. Neighbors said the arrow Lady was shot with was also being held for evidence.
Police said there are no suspects, but Eskins said whoever shot the two pets face misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.
Newark Animal Control Officer Toby Wills can be reached at 740-670-7277.
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