February 2, 2016 8:55 pm
Updated: February 3, 2016 12:32 pm

9-month-old puppy lucky to be alive after being shot with bow and arrow

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REGINA – She’s being called the luckiest dog in the world.

The stray pup was found by a woman who said the injured dog just appeared on her property about 45 minutes outside of Regina.

She immediately alerted CC RezQs, a non-profit animal rescue group.

“She was shaky, it was a little bit cold last night, around -6 C when we got there, so she wasn’t in a shelter, but she was in a lot of pain.”

“You can see a lot of blood in the area, and around and obviously her wound was very fresh,” Stephanie Senger of CC RezQs said.

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The arrow narrowly missed all of her vital organs and nearly severed her spine.

Veterinarians at TM’z Vet Clinic say the injured puppy is very lucky to be alive.

“Especially for how close it came to actually hitting the dog’s spine, we couldn’t have asked for a better wound,” Dr. Gerad Cantin explained.

“When you look at it in terms of how lethal an arrow shot could be, it missed the rib cage.”

The shepherd-husky cross was brought in for X-rays and emergency procedures. She was kept overnight.

“The odd time we’ll see some pretty big wounds, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen an intended lethal shot with a bow and arrow, ” Dr. Cantin said.

“Arrow”, as she’s been dubbed, is currently healing, and despite her severe wounds, doctors expect it will be a happy tale, and she’ll be back on her feet in no time.

“I anticipate she’ll make a full recovery. I don’t think this is going to keep her down too long. A couple of weeks of rest, pain meds, antibiotics. I’m very confident of that,” Dr. Cantin explained.

RCMP are investigating but say they have very little to go on.

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