PETA is putting up a hefty $2,500 reward if you can help police track down the person responsible for sending 5-year-old Baby to Michigan State University's Veterinary Clinic.
It happened last weekend when Bob Nyssen went to let Baby back into his Jackson home on Sunday morning, when he noticed the arrow: "(He) was acting normal, rubbing on my leg wanting to be pet."
It sickens Nyssen to know someone in the neighborhood is responsible: "I'm heartbroken. I could not believe someone would do that."
It's been a tough week of lots of medication and stitches, but baby is recovering well at MSU's Vet Clinic, where he was treated by Doctor Michael Kraun: "He was probably millimeters away from having a lot more damage done."
After just a few more treatments, Baby will return home, and is expected to live a full, normal life: "It shaved off a portion of the skull, but we don't believe there was any damage to the brain."
Although, because Baby was treated so quick, police didn't have a chance to check the arrow for fingerprints, and say they have no leads.
Nyssen keeps faith that someone will eventually be caught, and when that happens, he wants to be reimbursed for his $3,000 vet bill, and press all the charges he can to keep this from happening to anyone else.
"I'd hate for some little kid to come home to their favorite pet with an arrow in it; to go through that sort of shock and trauma."
He would breathe a little easier if he knew the person who hurt Baby, is far away in prison serving time for animal cruelty.
If you have any tips, including seeing someone using a crossbow near the intersection of Pattie Ave and Wildwood, call the Blackman-Leoni Public Safety Department: (517) 788-4223