[Viewer discretion advised] Owner of dogs shot by arrow speak out
Last week, we brought you a story about an innocent dog that seemed to be used for target practice. Turns out that Ophelia was not the only one who fell victim to the arrow. The owners also found their other dog, Luca, with an arrow through the back.
News 25’s Caroline Eaker spoke to the owners about the injustice. She brings us that full story. Some of the images we are about to show you are disturbing and viewer discretion is advised.
“It’s heartbreaking. They are not just dogs. They are our family.” Luca and Ophelia have been part of the Litt family for years now. The two dogs became quick friends. When Bridgett and Timothy spotted Luca Tuesday morning without Ophelia, they quickly knew something was wrong. “We couldn’t find her. We got him inside and we actually looked at Luca and said ‘Where’s Ophelia?’ and I promise you, I am not lying, he looked up and almost like a cry, like he was telling us that something was wrong,” said Bridgett.
Luca was shot in the back with the arrow and was able to walk home, but Ophelia laid injured and unable to move for a night until an Ocean Springs police officer discovered her and they were able to rush her to safety. Timothy said, “It was 50 to 70 feet from someone’s backdoor of whose yard they were in and they didn’t come out and when they finally did come out, they asked what was wrong and then my wife told them that our dog had an arrow in the head and they just picked up their dog and went back inside.”
According to the Mississippi Dog and Cat Pet Protection Law of 2011, injuring or killing an unconfined dog or cat on the property of the person if the dog or cat is believed to constitute a threat of physical injury or damage to the person’s domesticated animal. The family says the two dogs are well known throughout the Vancleave neighborhood and have never been aggressive towards anyone. No one has been officially named responsible for the incident yet. “I understand a vicious dog in your yard attacking you, you’ve gotta do what you gotta do, but if they are not bothering you then call the owner, call the pound.” “Keep calling the pound. Don’t shoot them with an arrow. We want justice. We want something done. It’s just not right. There needs to be some kind of rights for animals. It’s just not right. I mean, look at her. It’s just pitiful.”
Both Luca and Ophelia are healthy and recovering from their wounds at home.