A 16-year-old teenager has confessed to shooting a family’s yellow Lab through the chest with an arrow reports the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. The Wooster, Ohio youth claimed he saw the dog in the brush when he had been out hunting deer and thought the animal was a coyote.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the 9-year-old dog named Cosmo, belongs to Chatfield and Christine Redick family. When they found their dog, Cosmo was rushed into surgery and luckily survived and went home the next day. After the arrow was removed, the teen’s last name was on the arrow, and when questioned he admitted to shooting the dog.
When Cosmo was found along Lattasburg, his owners couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to hurt their dog. The Lab had run out of his yard just before the incident. Cleveland 5 News reports that charges are pending against the youth, and the case is being sent to the Wayne County juvenile prosecutor. The dog’s owners don’t believe it was an accident.
“Violence towards pets is something we are not going to take lightly. Hunters do not pursue domestic animals and whoever committed this crime is nothing more than a common criminal. We will do everything we can to hold him accountable,” stated the sheriff’s office Captain Doug Hunter.
Cosmo is one lucky pooch – the arrow narrowly missed his heart and lungs. He is back at home recovering. Get well soon Cosmo.
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