Dog On the Mend
By Don Richeson / Staff
CASHIERS -- Cashiers helped a dog on the road to recovery after she was shot through her body with an arrow last month. The black and tan heeler was among the 150-plus dogs that received an individual personal blessing from a southern Jackson County pastor during the annual Blessing of the Animals community ceremony Saturday at the Village Green Commons in Cashiers. Still wearing bandages and moving slowly, the dog, dubbed “Amazing Grace” by the folks at the Bryson City shelter now caring for her, received her blessing from the Rev. Rob Wood of Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers.
“AG” has been recovering at the PAWS advocacy agency and shelter since being brought in after someone called to report a small dog running around with an arrow through her body and that she was a stray.
She was brought to the blessing ceremony by PAWS’ executive director, Beth Cline-Stroud, who is the wife of Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Director David Stroud, who assisted her. Cline-Stroud said Amazing Grace’s prognosis is “very good” and she is expected to make a strong recovery, despite the arrow missing her spinal cord by less than an inch. After she is healed in a few months, she will be available for adoption. “PAWS will be selective with her adoption,” Cline-Stroud said.
Cline-Stroud and PAWS Shelter Manager Jesse Fortner had gone on the search for the dog after receiving the initial call. They finally found her. She had crawled onto a chair on someone’s porch and was in a critical condition.
“A good Samaritan called us,” Cline-Stroud said. “We’re so thankful he did because she would be dead otherwise.”
They rushed the dog to REACH Animal Hospital in Asheville for surgery, where the arrow was safely removed. They both feared the dog might not make it.
“We took her in the chair because we didn’t want to move her. We knew we could trim the arrow, and we knew we couldn’t take the arrow out,” Cline-Stroud said. “She was in critical condition. They stabilized her and then they did the surgery to remove the arrow.”
“She’s so sweet,” Cline-Stroud said. “I don’t know how anybody could do that.” She said as far as she knew authorities are still looking for who shot the arrow and no charges had been filed yet in the case.
PAWS shared the dog’s story on Facebook immediately, and has been raising the funds to help pay for “Ms A’s” veterinary care.
She had additional surgery later last month to address tissue damage. Cline-Stroud estimates Amazing Grace had the arrow in her for around three days. She will have a long recovery.
She is now under the care of Cline-Stroud or another person with PAWS who can either change her wound dressing or bring her back to a veterinarian center daily for wound dressing changes.
All donations to help pay for the more than $6,000 in medical bills for Amazing Grace are appreciated.
“We’re a small shelter in a rural area. … We appreciate all the donors that will help us with this; her vet bill is increasing daily,” Cline-Stroud said.
There are several ways that you can donate to the dog’s medical expenses.
You can mail a check to PAWS, P.O. Box 1814, Bryson City, NC 28713, or donate on-line at www.pawsbrysoncity.org/donate.html.
(WNC News Share’s Jessica Webb contributed to this story.)
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