Man arrested for shooting dog with arrow at archery range

Suspect identified by surveillance video at range, dog expected to recover

A 50-year old man was arrested in Aberdeen on Monday after surveillance video at the Grays Harbor Bowman’s Club showed him shooting a dog with his bow and arrow the previous day, according to Grays Harbor County Undersheriff David Pimentel.

Deputies were called to the 800 block of State Route 105 in rural Aberdeen at 3 p.m. Sunday after a resident there called to say his dog had returned home with an arrow protruding from its torso. The dog’s owner said he believed the dog may have been shot at the nearby archery club.

Members of the archery club were contacted later by deputies. They watched the club’s video surveillance and identified a club member as he appeared to shoot the dog from about 40 yards with his bow and arrow. According to Pimentel, it appeared the suspect was the only person at the club at the time of the shooting.

At 2 p.m. Monday, deputies and Department of Corrections officers arrested the suspect in Aberdeen.

He was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on charges of animal cruelty in the first degree. The bow, the arrow retrieved from the dog and the clothes the suspect was wearing the day of the incident were collected as evidence.

Pimentel reports the arrow was removed from the dog, and “the victim dog has been seen by a veterinarian as is on antibiotics to fight possible future infections. The dog is on the road to recovery.”

Pimentel said the video of the incident will not be made public until reports have been completed and submitted to the Prosecutor’s Office and the prosecuting attorney authorizes the release of the video to the media.