Dog was found with 16-inch arrow through head after getting shot with crossbow

Home » Dog was found with 16-inch arrow through head after getting shot with crossbowTHE ANIMAL CLUB  July 8, 2020

It never ceases to shock us the cruel things people will do to innocent animals. One poor dog was found in a shocking condition:

He was shot by a crossbow, and still had the arrow lodged in his head.

The 16-inch arrow went all the way through the top of the dog’s head, but miraculously he survived.

Officers from Nassau County Animal Services picked the four-year-old dog up and rushed him to a veterinary hospital for emergency surgery.

Amazingly, they were able to remove the arrow, and the dog doesn’t appear to have any serious damage.

The officers dubbed the dog “Unicorn.”

With Unicorn safe and recovering, the big question was who shot the poor dog with an arrow.

But it didn’t take long for the officers to find the culprit: Carey Wilson, a 37-year-old Nassau County resident, was arrested for felony animal cruelty.

She admitted to the crime, but defended her actions by saying she was not trying to hurt or kill the dog but “scare it off” after finding him “peeing on her car tire.”

“The dog doesn’t want to leave, so I grabbed a crossbow, my intentions were not to kill the dog, but to try to get the message across, ‘Get out the yard,” Wilson told Action News Jax. But the network also notes that the police report calls her a liar.

Meanwhile, Unicorn’s original owner, Nick Sweat, had to surrender the dog to animal control because he couldn’t afford the medical bills: “We enjoyed the dog. He’s a good dog, he’s a family dog, wouldn’t hurt anybody,” he said.

But luckily, Unicorn is now doing great.


My yellow lab, Honey, is recuperating from being bit by a rattlesnake yesterday early evening (after the vets’ offices were closed around here). She was curious about it, but a little wary, so it must have only reached her with one fang. Her face swelled up and her eyes were sunken and she laid in the first patch of grass she saw when we got home (rather than running around). But she is much better (considering) and finally ate something this morning.

Because of my hearing issue (tinnitus) I couldn’t hear it rattle, but I’m pretty sure she did since she reacted to that snake much more aggressively than she does to the bull snakes we see closer to home. It was hotter than usual that day, and because we were just going to go down and splash off in the creek, she was off-leash. I called her back from what I at first thought was a harmless bull snake, forgetting we were 10 miles further into the mountains, where ‘timber-rattlers’ are more common than bull snakes. She must have been half-heeding my warning calls and half-afraid of the snakes rattling warning. Still, it grazed her and drew some blood and gave the dog the message it was not a snake to be trifled with…
I think the poor snake may have been hurt by one of the cars in the nearby campground, or by a car or 4-wheeler using the old forest service road going along the creek it was coiled 5 feet from. That could explain why Honey didn’t seem to get a full dose of venom and was already recovering within an hour of being bit. Her main symptom was lethargy and a swollen face and leg. Her face was so puffy she looked more like a bull terrier (like Spuds Mackenzie) than a yellow lab.
Anyway, she’s laying low and taking it slow today, which is probably a good plan since it’s another hot one…

Rattlesnake den photo copyright Jim Robertson

Dog who lost both owners to coronavirus looking for loving home

EATONTOWN, N.J. — A dog in New Jersey is in need of a new family after both of her owners died from COVID-19 complications.

Che-Che was scared and shaking when she was brought to the Monmouth County SPCA over the weekend. The staff wore full PPE and kept her the 9-pound dog in isolation before giving her a bath with hot soap and water.

The rescue group said it wants to honor her family and those lost by finding Che-Che the perfect home, and calls are already pouring in.

The group said it already has a long list of people who are interested in her, and it will find a home where she will live out the rest of her life in peace.

Protocols have changed during the pandemic for the staff, but their work to care for Che-Che and all the other animals who are waiting for their forever home doesn’t stop — even with fewer donations coming in.

But as more people stay home, officials say the good news people are fostering and adopting as they look for companionship during these uncertain times.

For those who are financially strapped, just know that help is available for your pets. The SPCA also has a pet food pantry so people can pick up their food along with food for their pets.

Click here to learn more on how to adopt from the Monmouth County SPCA or call the adoption center at 732-542-5962 with any questions.