'An innocent creature': 4-month-old Chihuahua puppy survives being shot in the neck with arrow

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A 4-month-old Chihuahua puppy is lucky to be alive after someone shot an arrow through its neck, but missed vital arteries.

The pup was found in Desert Hot Springs, California after a woman heard the dog "screaming" and she called 911, according to a news release from the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

Animal Services officer Matthew Perez retrieved the dog from a deputy and noticed the arrow punctured the chihuahua's neck. Perez took her to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus where she was treated for the wound.

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“For someone to willfully shoot this poor pup with an arrow is disgusting,” Animal Services Director Erin Gettis said in the release.

A 4-month-old chihuahua is expected to survive after being shot in the neck with an arrow.
A 4-month-old chihuahua is expected to survive after being shot in the neck with an arrow.

Veterinarians were able to remove the arrow and said the dog is expected to survive. Animals services said they were also working on finding her a home, according to the release.

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"She is such a sweet puppy. I cannot imagine why anyone would do something so terrible to such an innocent creature. It’s very sick,” Emily Ellison, a veterinary technician, said in the release.

Follow reporter Asha Gilbert @Coastalasha. Email: agilbert@usatoday.com.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chihuahua dog survives after being shot in the neck by arrow