A Parker County man who was upset with a barking dog shot the canine with a bow and arrow, critically wounding the animal, the Parker County sheriff said.
The man later found the dog with a broken arrow impaled through its left side, but he left the animal injured in a neighbor’s yard, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities did not know if the dog will recover.
But the mother of the Parker County man said the dog attacked her.
“He opened the door and the dog came after me,” said Amy Dearman of Millsap in a telephone interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Friday. She said the dog belonged to the family and it had been penned up outside, but the animal had gotten out. “Once the dog tried to get me, we kept it out, but my son went outside.”
Dearman said her son grabbed the bow-and-arrow, which was outside, and fired what he intended to be a warning shot.
“It’s dark outside,” she said. “You can’t see. He shot it to warn the dog.”
Hours later, family members couldn’t get near the dog, she said. A neighbor finally called deputies.
Dakota Shane Dearman, 24, of Millsap, was arrested Wednesday in the case and accused of cruelty to non-livestock animals, a third-degree felony.
He was free Friday after posting $15,000 bond from the Parker County Jail in Weatherford.
Dakota Dearman could not be reached Friday for comment.
“My office is relentless in its investigation of animal cruelty cases and will seek justice to the fullest extent of the law,” Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier said in a news release
A Parker County resident called the sheriff’s office on March 17 to report the severely injured dog in the 1300 block of Wilson Bend Road.
Deputies with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office and animal control officers found the dog bleeding from an arrow wound.
“That dog was out there for two hours while the deputies talked to everyone,” Amy Dearman said. “No one did anything for the dog for a long time.”
The dog, which is a mixed-breed brown and white canine, was taken to a local veterinarian for medical care.
During their investigation, deputies went to Dakota Dearman’s home and he told them that the incident took place two days earlier at about 3 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff said that Dakota Dearman told deputies the dog was barking early in the morning and it frustrated him. He said he shot in the direction of the dog using a bow and arrow and heard the canine yelp, according to the sheriff.
Dearman told deputies he tried to find the dog, but he was unsuccessful.
The next day, Dearman said he found the wounded dog in a neighbor’s yard, but he didn’t get near the animal or provide any medical help, according to the sheriff.