HEIDI GRZESINA/News in Port Colborne and Wainfleet
WELLAND – Walking two dogs along the tracks behind Nelles Road in Welland is a 20-year ritual for Christina Hircsu, these days with one dog belonging to her, and the other to her mother.
On the first day children returned to their classrooms, Hircsu stopped by her mother’s home to pick up Tara, a pup originally rescued from the Welland and District Humane Society, never dreaming this would be a day that saw precious Tara shot by an arrow, the arrow also narrowly missing Hircsu.
“Tara is great with other dogs and children. (She is) the most happy, gentle dog you could ask for,” said Hircsu.
“I brought my dog over as usual and picked up my mom’s dog to take them to run around. I just walk and they run and play. Rocky was walking with me a little further ahead and Tara was out sniffing around, like she always does. I heard a noise and then I heard her cry. I kept calling her to come and nothing. I think the arrow had her pinned to the ground. Eventually, she (must have) pulled the arrow out of the ground and (began) slowly limping towards me.
“I saw something sticking out of her back and when I got closer I noticed the arrow that went in through her back out through her stomach. It was stuck there and the bottom of the arrow was dragging on the ground.
“I was screaming at the top of my lungs for about five minutes,” says Hircsu, “I could see the houses with windows open, but no one was coming.
“Finally, this nice man called over from across his back yard fence and I told him my dog had been shot by an arrow. I asked him to call 911.”
Hircsu continued: “I used the man’s phone to call my mom and she took her dog to the vet that we deal with, where they (subsequently) sent us to the emergency animal vet in St. Catharines.”
Medical staff removed the arrow and told Hircsu it hadn’t hit any organs. Tara is recovering on painkillers and antibiotics, to guard against infection.
Hircsu says police and the humane society arrived in less than five minutes.
Niagara Regional Police confirmed attending the incident.
“At approximately 5 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 3, the Niagara Regional Police and the Welland Humane Society responded to the area of Nelles Road and Plymouth Road in the city of Welland with regard to a dog that appeared to have been shot with an arrow,” said media relations officer, Const. Derek Watson.
According to police, the incident is currently under investigation by the Welland and District Humane Society.
An investigator with the Welland and District Humane Society could not be reached Wednesday afternoon for comment.
With files by Bullet News community editor Lisa Rind
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