Dog survives being shot in the head with an arrow

by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on March 2, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 2 at 12:21 AM

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Rineyville dog is safe and back with his owner after a very near death experience. In the chaos of Wednesday’s storms, thieves broke into a Rineyville man’s home. But, it’s not what they stole that’s unbelievable, it’s what they did to the man’s dog.

Dennis Chval got off work early on Wednesday because of the storms raging through Hardin County. When he got home, he found it ransacked by thieves. And Storm, his pit bull, still locked in his cage with an arrow sticking out of his head just over his right eye. He says, “I understand people breaking into people’s houses, but someone shooting a dog, that just gets me right there, I don’t know who would do that.”

Chval took Storm to Elizabethtown. Vet Mark Nall says he couldn’t believe his eyes when Storm walked into his office. “You see some strange stuff in veterinary medicine. But, for a dog to come in with that kind of injury wagging his tail and happy to see folks, is pretty unusual…if the bow had had any more poundage on it, he wouldn’t have made it,” says Dr. Nall.

Chval says if the break-in had happened just days earlier, the bow would have had more poundage and Storm likely would have died. Chval had just turned it down so his girlfriend could shoot it. “I believe it was a miracle. I believe everything happens for a reason,” Chval explains.

Dr. Nall says the arrow came within millimeters of Storm’s brain. They removed the arrow surgically and Storm is expected to make a full recovery.

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