A man was charged with aggravated animal cruelty after shooting a stray part German shepherd with a bow and arrow outside his office on Manufacturers Road, officials said.
"This is good because it makes it visible to the public that when we catch you, you will be prosecuted," said Karen Walsh, executive director of McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center.
The abandoned dog was shot through the nose by Roger Beason, of Whitwell, Tenn., on Friday afternoon after he spotted the dog underneath his truck, said Diana Burroughs, a McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center officer.
McKamey officers were able to catch the dog and take him to the hospital, but his injuries were too severe to be saved, Ms. Burroughs said.
The dog had to be euthanized Friday evening because the arrow was buried too deep, she said. It went through the top of his nose and through his esophagus.
"He wasn't a threat to anybody, he was your average white dog," she said.
Mr. Beason admitted shooting the dog to the McKamey officers after a Chattanooga Police Department officer located him and held him for questioning, Ms. Burroughs said.
"He did admit to walking up to the dog and the dog was standing still," she said. "That's when he shot him."
He told officers he walked out of his office and saw the dog lying underneath his truck, Ms. Burroughs said. The dog growled at him but then walked away.
In response to having a bad day, Mr. Beason told the officers he got his bow and arrow out of his truck and shot the dog, she said. He was then taken into custody, she said.
This incident had no connection to the cat who was shot by an arrow in August, she said.
Ms. Burroughs said the shelter had picked up several stray dogs in the area in the last week, and this dog was the last one.
"He was a sweet boy," she said. "He was just scared, he wasn't a threat to anybody."
Joy Lukachick is a crime reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing down ...