Last updated: July 18. 2013 1:44PM - 285 Views
Debbie Rolen
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HOLDEN – A one-year-old mixed breed dog was killed by an arrow in the Fox Hound area on Monday evening.

Wilson was a family pet who spent most of him time indoors. He rarely roamed away from the yard when he was out. The dog’s owner, Marsha Ferrell said the dog was not vicious or mean and she kept him close. She said he had a collar, tags, and had the “Take Me Home” chip with his information implanted.

“He weighed 50 pounds or so, but he thought he was a lap dog. He was raised with Chihuahuas and thought he was one of them,” said Ferrell, “He was the best dog ever and he suffered a horrible death he didn’t deserve.”

Wilson was only about 200 yards away from home when he was shot.

“A friend called me to tell me. He was frantic and said I had to get Wilson to the vet,” said Ferrell.

Veterinarians in Logan and Madison turned Wilson away because of the type of injury he had. Ferrell took him to Animal Care Associates on Oakwood Road near Charleston, where he was examined. The veterinarian who examined Wilson advised Ferrell of the risks and extensive procedures that would be required, and warned her he may not make it anyway. Taking all things into consideration Ferrell made the heartbreaking decision for euthanasia.

“It was the hardest thing for me to do. I had to do it, but I don’t want anyone else to have to go through the pain of losing a pet that way,” said Ferrell.

She wants to get a message out to her neighbors to take precautions to keep their pets safe. Since it is bow season, it may be that a hunter shot Wilson by mistake. The alternative is that someone deliberately shot the dog. Ferrell and her family are trying to find out what happened and who shot the dog. They have filed reports with authorities as well as the game warden.

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