A teenage boy has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty for shooting a dog with a bow and arrow. The dog had to be euthanized.
Investigators with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office say the 14-year-old turned himself in.
Allie, a 6-year-old golden retriever mix, was found with the arrow through her body last week in Seymour. She was taken to a vet, but they were not able to save her. Her family was located a few days later, and were devastated at what happened to her.
The Sevier County Humane Society offered a reward to find the person who shot Allie, and with community donations, it was raised to $450. Director Jayne Vaughn says she believes a tip led investigators to the boy, and that person should be entitled to the reward.
"It was a great relief to discover that an arrest had been made and that we can put this horrible tragedy to rest; for Allie (the victim) and her family. It is extremely disturbing that the perpetrator was a juvenile, however there are consequences for actions. The lesson to be learned from this tragic event is that bows and arrows are weapons. In this case, a deadly weapon. The same applies to pellet guns, and BB guns. They are not toys and should not be in the hands of children, period, - and certainly not without adult supervision," said Vaughn.
The Sevier County Humane Society is offering a reward for information about the person who shot a golden retriever mix with an arrow. The dog had to be euthanized.
Allie was found with the arrow protruding from her side on September 28, on Maryville Highway in Seymour. She was taken to a veterinarian, but because of her internal injuries, could not be saved.
The $250 reward will be paid to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
If you have any information contact Corporal King at 865-453-4688.
Donations to the "Allie Reward Fund" can be made by sending them to: The Sevier County Humane Society, P.O. Box 976, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868.