UPDATED: 10:23 a.m. EST November 6, 2003
NEWARK, Ohio -- Licking County sheriff's deputies are
looking for information after a 2-year-old dog was shot and killed with a
The Sheriff's Office said the dog, named Scruffy,
staggered to the family's residence with a hunting arrow protruding from his
shoulder area following the Sunday incident.
The dog's owner, Jeff Roberts, told the Newark Advocate
that Scruffy died from shock and blood loss before he could put him in his
truck and take him to a veterinary hospital.
"I think it was a purposeful shot," Roberts said. He
suspected that Scruffy was chasing a deer and got in the way of a hunter.
"He was a family pet," Roberts said. "It's hard to lose
something like that."
The canine, a hound dog mix, left a trail of blood leading
to the spot where he was shot.
Anyone with information about who killed Scruffy is asked
to call Licking County sheriff's deputies at (740) 349-6400 or the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources at (614) 265-6565.