Puppy shot with crossbow is adopted

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Bow the puppy after geting shot with a crossbow bolt. Photo: Farmington Animal Shelter/La Plata County Humane Society

LA PLATA COUNTY, Colo. — A puppy that was shot in the leg with a crossbow bolt has been adopted, the La Plata County Humane Society said Friday.

Bow, the 3-month-old Jack Russell/Shepherd mix puppy had a crossbow bolt in him when he was found in Shiprock, N.M.

He was taken to the Farmington, New Mexico Animal Shelter where veterinarians surgically removed the arrow. He was then put into a foster home for rehabilitation.

Bow was transferred to the La Plata County Humane Society in Durango, Colo. because of the overwhelming number of animals they have to care for at the Farmington shelter.

“Bow has become somewhat of a celebrity in the Durango area,” said LPCHS Director or Animal Services Chris Nelson.

The shelter received over 20 applications and over 50 phone calls and e-mails from people interested in him. The requests came from locations ranging from California to Indiana, Nelson said.

His new family are locals to the Four Corners area.

“He’s had a rough time in life at first, but now Bow has been adopted and is on his way to finding happiness,” Nelson said.

LPCHS said they handle more than 3,000 animals in southwestern Colorado every year.