LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - A dog is recovering after it was shot through the shoulder with an arrow.
A stray black lab believed to be about five months old was found by neighbors in the Robinette area of Logan County Wednesday with an arrow penetrating through its shoulder.
Michelle Starr with the Paws Squad, an animal rescue group in Logan County, picked the dog up and took it to a vet in Williamson.
Neighbors believe the dog was used as target practice.
Dr. Michael Koch at the Tug Valley Veterinary Clinic says they performed surgery for three hours Wednesday evening.
Koch says the arrow sliced through muscle, cut through bone, and damaged nerves and blood vessels. He says it took three hours to get the broadhead arrow out of the dog.
Since the surgery, the dog has been eating, drinking and putting weight on the injured limb, the vet said.
"The dog is young and resilient," Koch said. "He's a lucky dog. I didn't expect him to ever walk again."
Koch says the wound is infected and the dog will remain at the clinic for at least a few more days as they continue to treat the infection.
Starr says authorities have been notified.