Dog shot with arrow recovers, family wants answers
By Paul Shahen
RINGGOLD, CATOOSA COUNTY, GEORGIA (WRCB) -- A dog that weighs less than 20 pounds survives after being shot with a bow and arrow. The vet bill has been paid, but no one has been charged.
First to greet us at the Fords front door today, was Muppet the dog. The Ford family is calling it a miracle. Now they just want to want someone to fess up.
"He's doing great, doing so good, almost back to his normal self, having to hold him back because he's trying to do too much," says Jennifer Ford.
The same dog that greeted us with a waging tail today, was just inches from death on Tuesday morning. Little Muppet returned home with an arrow lodged in between his spine and vital organs.
"I still don't know why, I mean look at him, I don't know, he wouldn't hurt a fly," said Ford.
While the Ford family doesn't know why, they say they do know who. In a police report the Fords claim that a neighbor and avid bow hunter in his 20's shot Muppet.
Ford said it's obvious because the suspects mother already paid for Muppet's medical bill.
"It tells me they're guilty, because who in their right mind is going to pay a $479 bill if you didn't do it," says Ford.
Ford brings up a great question, so we wanted answers. We visited the home of the accused, and we were welcomed by dogs blocking the front door. The only option was the side door, but no one answered.
After that we called the suspects mother. She told us her son did not shoot Muppet, and she only paid for the bill because as animal lovers, they felt obligated to help.
We called Sheriff Phil Summers. He said they questioned the suspect and he denied the allegations. He also said they are not closing the investigation, but need more evidence to make an arrest.
Ford added, "if you know something talk, what if this happened to you or somebody you know or your little kid."
The Georgia Humane Society has also assigned a case worker to this situation. The ford family said they are offering a cash reward for new information that leads to an arrest. If you know anything, call the sheriffs office at 706-935-2424.