JONESBORO, Ark. – Authorities are looking for the callous individual who shot an elderly woman’s dog with an arrow, causing its death.
The heinous act was reported to Craighead County Sheriff’s Department. Sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday at the 2600-block of County Road 761, someone shot a 68-year-old woman’s light brown and black walker hound with an arrow.
The dog had on two orange collars at the time it was shot, suggesting it was hardly accidental.
The woman took her canine companion to the veterinarian following the horrible act. The animal had to be euthanized.
The suspect would face a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty, the report suggested – Arkansas’s catch-all charge for any level of animal abuse not involving torture.
It can only be upgraded to a felony if torture is involved.
However, the legal definition of torture in ACA 5-62-102 states the legal definition of torture is the knowing commission of a physical injury to a dog, cat, or horse by the infliction of inhumane treatment or gross physical abuse, causing the dog, cat, or horse intensive or prolonged pain, serious physical injury, or thereby causing death.
A prosecutor could make the decision to upgrade the charge to a felony, based on this and the report, multiple conversations with legal sources indicated.
Meanwhile, the animal’s owner faces a holiday season without her best friend and the rest of her life knowing the final moments of agony the pet was in.
If you can help police bring to justice the person who did this, please contact authorities.