FORT WORTH - Police are searching for the person who shot a dog with what might have been a crossbow.
Neighbors in the 1100 block of NW 15th Street heard the dog's yelps about 7 p.m. Wednesday. They found him bleeding from a large arrow that had pierced his chest and both shoulders.
"Witnesses saw the bolt in his left shoulder, and that's where he's most painful," said Shelly Meeks with the Humane Society of North Texas.
Rescuers expect the large dog, which appears to be a shepherd/huskie mix, to survive.
Several families in the neighborhood fed the dog. They said he is very gentle, and even protected small pets in the neighborhood from other strays.
Violet Medrano's family heard the dog's yelps and her daughter called 911 and cared for the dog until help arrived.
"My grandson was very upset, crying," Medrano said. "He said, 'Why, why are people so mean to the dog?'"
A trail of blood now runs up a nearby driveway to a gap in the fence, which they believe pulled the arrow out of the stray's shoulder.
"I don't understand how you could just shoot a dog," said another neighbor, Cynthia Gandy.
It happened in her yard, where the dog has been a gentle loafer for months.
One little boy said he saw a neighborhood man with a bow or a crossbow just seconds after the shooting, and police recovered the large arrow that hit the dog. Fort Worth police said they are investigating.
The Humane Society expects the dog to recover, be easily adopted and adjust to the name they gave him, Dartanian.