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Talk About A Lucky Dog

December 29, 2003

By KOMO Staff & News Services

EVERETT - A canine named Chase that was shot in the head with a metal-tipped arrow just before midnight Friday night is being called a miracle dog.

The dog "has been responding phenomenally well" and was resting in his home near Lake Stevens on Sunday night.

"He's a miracle dog," said Dr. Nancy Hotter, the veterinarian at Diamond Veterinary Hospital in Everett.

Hotter tended to 5-year-old Chase early Saturday morning and sent him home Sunday night. The dog is a mixture of malamute, German Shepherd and pit bull.

Larry MacDonald was getting ready for bed late Friday when he heard Chase yelping. He opened his door to find the dog with an arrow protruding from his skull, trying to climb up the stairs to the deck.

Someone had apparently walked 50 feet up MacDonald's driveway and shot Chase at close range. The dog apparently had allowed the assailant to approach him.

The veterinarian said that although the dog is doing far better than expected he wasn't out of danger yet.

Chase could still suffer seizures, his brain could become inflamed or infected, and the tiny piece of metal that apparently is embedded in a bone in the skull could cause problems, Hotter said.

Snohomish County sheriff's deputies do not have a suspect in the shooting, sheriff's office spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen said.

Even though Chase is "an outside dog," MacDonald plans to never again let Chase go outside unaccompanied.

"It's incomprehensible that someone did something as cruel as this," the owner said.

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