FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Veterinarians say it’s been one of the worst years they’ve seen for animal abuse in parts of northwest Arkansas..
This week alone, KNWA has reported on two different cases, one involving a horse shot in the head and the other 6 puppies left to die with chemical burns.
“Animal abuse is a big problem,” said Dr. Jack Herring, owner of the Wedington Animal Hospital.
In less than a week, the hospital has treated four different animal abuse cases.
“He lasted about 24 hours until we realized there was no hope for him,” said Herring. “That was a young dog that got shot. Probably a 9 mm caliber bullet.”
An angry neighbor took that dog’s life, according to Herring.
“The bullet entered into the back of his head and lodged into his brain,” explained Herring.
That neighbor is now dealing with law enforcement.
Herring said between animal abuse and neglect, their cases keep piling up.
Those hurting animals can have many different motives.
“Sometimes it’s pure malicious, sometimes they don’t like the dog in their neighborhood and shoot it., which is not appropriate. Sometimes it’s psychologically disturbed people,” said Herring.
It’s a problem Herring said he’s seen since he opened his clinic 25 years ago, but it’s only gotten worse.
“The people that abuse them don’t care. That’s why they’re doing it, because it’s a weaker animal for them, and it probably gives them power to put them down,” said Herring.
While the answer to this problem is unclear, Herring believes people knowing what’s going on in their community is a good first step.