The man who shot his dog over the weekend in the head with an arrow from his crossbow in Jones County, Mississippi after the dog broke its chain and eluded capture, has been arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Shawn Nichols, 26, allegedly admitted to authorities he shot the dog intending to kill it.
According to the Facebook page of the Southern Cross Animal Rescue, photos of the dog, now named Monk, with the arrow through his head had been shared over social media. Rescue teams and the Jones County Sheriff’s Department were able to capture the dog and rushed him to emergency surgery. Fortunately the arrow had not penetrated the dog’s skull; instead it had become lodged in the muscle on top of the dog’s head.
Authorities found a bow target at Nichols’ home and confirmed he owned the crossbow. The press release from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department included the following information:
“The deputies were able to get a phone number off of the dog’s collar. They called and determined the dog owner was Shawn Nichols, 26 of Laurel. When they arrived at Nichols’ residence they noticed a bow target in the backyard and asked Nichols if he owned a crossbow, he said he did. Nichols also admitted to shooting the dog with the crossbow because he had broken his chain and would not allow Nichols to catch it. Nichols went on to say he thought the arrow would kill the dog and did not mean for it to suffer.
Nichols was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty – 1st offense, which is a misdemeanor. Nichols will appear at Jones County Justice Court on July 10, 2018 at 1pm for a plea hearing.”
Monk continues to recover and has been placed in a foster home.
“SCAR-Southern Cross Animal Rescue The vet guessed his age to be 3-4 years old (it’s hard to know for sure bc of so many of his teeth being worn completely down). He’s a very calm, stoic, and gentle dog. He has not yet been tested with other dogs. The jury seems to be out on whether he is a Catahoula Cur or a bluetick mix.”
If you want to donate to Monk’s care, you can donate on PayPal here:
Or mail donations to
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(Photos of dog shot with arrow from crossbow via Facebook SCAR)
Get well soon Monk. You are a lucky guy and we wish you the best.
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