KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A dog was found with an arrow in its leg
on Monday, but a woman's quick actions may have saved his life.
Joanne Burns, a Unity Village student, was driving to her ministry class when she found the injured dog bleeding in an empty parking lot.
"He was holding his arm up, so I knew he was hurt," said Bur
She stopped to take a closer look, and saw the shaft of an arrow sticking out of one of his front legs.
"With the amount of blood, luckily I saw a Unity Village staff truck nearby and beeped at him," she sai
d. They tied a makeshift tourniquet onto the dog's leg, so the shaft of the arrow wouldn't move.
As they waited for animal control officers to arrive, Burns stayed by the dog's side and kept him calm, to help him avoid going into shock
"This dog is so sweet and lovable and he just sat there with his nose on my leg and let me pet him," said Burns.
The dog had a tag on its collar, but animal control said the person the license tracked back to denied owning the dog.
Officials believe someone intentionally shot a hunting arrow at the animal.
"The fact that someone could purposefully shoot this dog is sad. Sad sign in our society of our lack of love and understanding for each other and animals," said Burns.
Surgeons at Wayside Waifs they amputated dog's front leg to prevent infection. Officials at the animal shelter said the dog will make a full recovery from surgery,
and he will be up for adoption in a few weeks.
If you have any information about who shot the dog, call the Crime Stoppers TIPS Hot Line at 816-474-TIPS (8477), text TIP452 plus a message to CRIMES (274637) or submit a tip online at kccrimestoppers.com.