Ashford dog animal cruelty Skimore Jim Stanley pol

By BREANNA BARRS | bbarrs@wdhn.com

Published 05/29 2014 07:15PM

Updated 06/06 2014 10:11PM

A Houston County couple is mourning the death of their Boston terrier killed Memorial Day by a bow and arrow.

“I was about to open the door and let him in and, to my horror, Baxter was sitting on the back porch and had an arrow completely through his hind quarter,” said Steve Skidmore of Ashford. He said the arrow was sticking out at least 12 inches on each side of his body. Portions of it had to be removed before the dog was taken to the vet and photos taken.

It was at the vet that Steve and his wife, LoriAnne, had to make an agonizing decision---either pay $3,000 to perform surgery given slim chance of success or euthanize Baxter. Given the odds they chose the latter. “It felt like a family member had just been murdered and suddenly taken from us,” Steve said.

Ashford Police Chief Jim Stanley terms the shooting despicable. “When we find the perpetrator we’re going to pursue felony charges and work with the district attorney’s office on prosecution to the extent of the law,” said Stanley.

The Skidmore’s are mourning their loss but grateful the victim was not a child. “Parents need to understand this has happened and they need to be very careful with their children and pets,” said LoriAnne. “If this happened to us it could happen to anyone.”

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