Texas Man Who Fired Arrow Into Stray Dog Sentenced

FORT WORTH (November 13, 2013) Christopher Swilley, 49, of Fort Worth, who used a crossbow to shoot an arrow into a stray dog, was sentenced Wednesday to a maximum term of two years in state jail.

Jurors earlier convicted Swilley of animal cruelty.

Prosecutors say Swilley fled after he shot the arrow into the male husky on April 11, 2012, while the animal was in a neighborhood.

Residents who lived nearby spotted the injured dog in their yard and called 911.

The arrow went in the dog's leg and through his chest.

The dog required emergency surgery, but survived and was adopted two weeks later by a family that named him Dantes.

Prosecutors say the husky still favors one side of his body but otherwise is healthy.