Fort Worth man gets 2 years in jail for shooting dog with crossbow

11/13/2013 1:51 PM

11/13/2013 1:52 PM

A Fort Worth man was sentenced to two years in jail Wednesday for shooting a stray dog with a crossbow last year.

State District Judge Mike Thomas gave Christopher Swilley, 49, the maximum sentence after a jury took little time to convict him of animal cruelty.

The dog survived and was later adopted by a couple and named “Dantes.” The arrow went through the dog’s chest and into a leg. He was rescued by the Humane Society of North Texas and underwent surgery.

“This was unfathomable to do this to an animal for absolutely no reason,” Assistant District Attorney Dawn Ferguson said in a news release. “We are glad the jury stuck up for this stray dog and that he now has a happy, healthy life.”

The incident occurred April 11, 2012, as Dantes was lying down in the 1100 block of Northwest 15th Street in Fort Worth.

Prosecutors Ferguson and Page Simpson presented evidence that Swilley shot the black-and-white husky with a crossbow and fled. Dantes limped into a resident’s yard and someone called 911.

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