Now, we get being angry at your dog. Pets can cause all kinds of trouble at home – they can break a chair, destroy a pillow or a curtain, they can eat half the turkey before Thanksgiving, and do a ton of other mischiefs. However, as angry as we’ve gotten at our pets, violence is never warranted. It is one thing to want to knock your pooch on the head, but it’s another thing to do it. And it’s a completely different thing to shoot your dog through the head with a crossbow!
Believe it or not, that’s exactly what happened to a dog in Mississippi earlier last week. The 26-year-old Shawn Nichols, who is the dog’s owner, allegedly got angry after the pooch broke his chair. As we said – that’s understandable. After the incident, the dog broke off his chain and tied to run away from his owner. Mr. Nichols attempted to catch the canine and – one would presume – give him a stern talking to, but the pooch kept evading his master’s capture attempts. And that’s when the situation got out of control, Nichols grabbed a crossbow – which we have no idea why he would have just lying around – and shot his dog through the head.
The Jones County Sheriff’s Department says that Nichols is charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
Whether Nichols has an attorney wasn’t immediately clear but we frankly don’t care. The more important part of the story is that workers at the Southern Cross Animal Rescue have helped the dog by safely getting the arrow out and treating him. With their assistance, the unfortunate pooch has had an easy recovery and is now living with a foster family. The Southern Cross Animal Rescue named the dog Monk in honor of the deputy who initially helped him.
As for Mr. Nichols, his fate is yet to be determined. He has told investigators that he thought the arrow would kill the dog and not cause him any suffering, as if that makes the whole incident “Ok”. Whatever happens, we hope no animals or people ever have to live in Mr. Nichols care again.