$2,500 reward offered for the archer who shot Samson

Samson, the Husky-wolf mix who was nearly killed by a hunter’s arrow this month, is recuperating well at home – and has an ally in finding who shot him in the face.

An international animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who attacked the Raymond, Washington, dog near the family home.

The pet of Laura Bowerman, Samson was romping on the family’s 30-acre property that fronts the Willapa River when an arrow struck in in the left eye, lodging in his skull on Sept. 7. After Samson was struck, the archer broke the arrow’s shaft off, leaving much of it in the dog’s head, and left the scene.

A Tacoma animal neurologist, Dr. Jerry DeMuth at the Summit Veterinary Referral Center, removed the arrowhead and shaft. The dog lost the eye and much of his hearing on the left side. Still, Samson returned home and this week Bowerman said “he’s back to his mischievious ways.”

In posting the reward, IDA’s Emergency Response Unit Coordinator, Eric Phelps, vocalized the outrage many in the Raymond community feel.

“The cold-bloodedness of this horrific crime indicates what a danger this person is to all of us,” Phelps said. “Someone knows who did this, and he or she will be serving the entire community by stepping forward.”

IDA urges anyone with information about this brutal attack to contact them at (415) 448-0078.

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