In Houston, Texas, Archer was picked up late Sunday evening after Animal Control found him with an arrow through his body. Red Collar Rescue was notified and asked if they could help.
On Monday, after having been stabilized, Archer made the trip to Texas A&M where a CAT scan helped veterinarian surgeons figure out how best to remove the arrow which had penetrated his thorax, diaphragm, abdomen and liver. During surgery, the fiberglass arrow was removed; Archer went into distress during surgery and was quickly sewn up, brought out of anesthesia and given a blood transfusion and help in breathing. Tragically, the dog’s lungs had been damaged by the arrow.
A small glimpse of optimism appeared as surgeons hoped Archer was strong enough to survive a second surgery to repair his lungs. The entire staff stayed late to give this boy every chance for survival, but again he went into distress during surgery. Despite the best efforts, Archer was not strong enough to survive and could not be revived.
“We were so hopeful based on his spirit and his sweetness, despite the obvious pain that he was in. He wanted to crawl up in the front seat during his transport to be nearer to a kind soul.”
“When I got to A&M at Midnight, the vet was waiting. They were expecting a very distressed dog. He greeted them with a tail wag and gladly got transferred from my arms to the tech – like “oh great, a hug from another person.” They took him back for his work up and I headed home, feeling very hopeful because he certainly has the spirit to survive – and I was VERY thankful that Red Collar intervened,” a volunteer posted on the organization’s Facebook page.
Please note the Red Collar Rescue raised $3,000 for Archer, however his medical bills have already exceeded $8,000. Donations can be made to his memory by clicking here.
Rest in peace Archer. It is not known if a criminal investigation has been ordered.
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