Sarge, the pitbull found injured on Highway 91 near Ivins is recovering and in the care of a foster family. The prognosis for a full recovery is promising. The prospects for finding the individuals responsible for shooting the dog with an arrow and leaving him for dead is less hopeful without the public's help.
Sarge is named after Washington County Sgt. Kurt Bowen, who rendered first aid to the dog after finding him wandering and injured on Friday.
After a rash of animal cruelty cases in Washington County this year, Janice Dankert of Best Friends Animal Society offered the following comment:
The recent news is heartbreaking. And we at Best Friends are deeply saddened to hear about this situation. All animal cruelty should be taken seriously and reported. I'd like to remind people of the Ghandi quote. He said, "the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." How we treat defensless animals matters," she said.
An adult cat survived being shot with an arrow in March. In June, a kitten was found dead of a blow dart to the head.