DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.,None - Someone shot a deer hunting arrow into a DeKalb County family's beloved pet Saturday, and now police are searching for the culprit.
Kirby Vanderyt's black Lab named Obsidian Rose, or Siddie for short, is recovering at the University of Georgia's Small Animal Hospital after doctors there removed the arrow.
"I was very distraught," said Vanderyt. "I don't know who we're dealing with."
Vanderyt said she was outside her Tucker home late Saturday afternoon when she heard her dog yelp and spotted her rushing around the yard. When she called Siddie over, Vanderyt said she saw the arrow sticking out of the dog.
They first took the dog to a local animal hospital but then transported her to the UGA Vet School hospital. There, doctors, led by Dr. Bryan Torres, delicately removed the arrow which, according to Vanderyt, had lodged dangerously close to the dog's spinal cord.
"It's designed to bring down a deer," said Vanderyt as she showed off the razor-tipped arrow. "This is what was shot into my black Lab."
Vanderyt isn't sure if the shooting was an accident or something more sinister, but she wants the culprit caught.
"My concern is for the safety of other people in the neighborhood," said Vanderyt. "I don't know who did this, if it was specifically aimed at me or my pets or anybody else in my family. I just feel we need to find out who did this so that we can all be assured in the neighborhood that we're all safe. And if we're not, the police need to take care of that as well."
Vanderyt reunited with the dog Monday afternoon. She said doctors may allow her to go home later in the week.
"She's very resilient," Vanderyt said. "She's got a big heart."