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Family dog survives kill shot by bow hunter

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Eatonville, WA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A $5,000 reward is being offered to find whoever shot a family dog with a hunting arrow. The dog survived, just barely. Now, fish and wildlife investigators are trying to track down the bow hunter.

Junior is up and walking around after a brush with death. He was shot with a hunting arrow.

"He got shot right through the chest. barely missed his jugular.  it was definitely a kill shot," said owner Heidi Austin-Root.

It was a week ago and Austin-Root believes elk poachers are to blame.

Junior and another family dog were in the private woods next to their sprawling Eatonville property. They believe the dogs were scaring away the elk, angering the illegal bow hunters.

The vets say that Junior is expected to have a full recovery except he may have that limp.

The family and the fish & wildlife investigators hope the $5,000 reward will help catch whoever did this.

"I feel if they can hurt an animal they can hurt a person. honestly, that's what scares me," said Austin-Root.

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