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.