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The rehabilitation centre posted the news on Facebook. It said the rabbit was seen running around the Glencairn area with a “large arrow” stuck in its neck.
“Luckily one of the most experienced volunteers was available to attend and Brittany managed to track down the hare and capture her even though she was still quite mobile,” the post read.
“We applied emergency treatment before heading to the wonderful team at Animal Clinic of Regina for stitches and radiographs the next morning.”
Fortunately, the arrow didn’t cause any spinal fractures and missed all major arteries, Salthaven said.
“She was in a great deal of pain, as you can imagine from having the arrow drill through her neck,” the post read.
“It doesn’t matter how you feel about jackrabbits, causing an animal to suffer like this is disturbing. It is also against the law.”
In its post, Salthaven West referenced the city’s discharge of firearms and projectiles bylaw, showing that no person “shall cause, permit or allow the discharge of a firearm in the city, excluding the exceptions outlined in this bylaw.”
“She’s doing surprisingly well right now, we just checked her and started today’s medication and she keeps holding it and drinking,” said Megan Lawrence, Salthaven West’s director of rehabilitation
“She’s very stressed, of course. So we try and keep her handling to a minimum and keep her in a quiet place by herself.”