WOOSTER, Ohio - A 16-year-old boy has confessed to shooting a dog with an arrow in Wayne County.
This comes after News 5 reported Monday that police were looking for the person responsible.
Officials say the boy's last name was on the arrow and he confessed to the incident when he was questioned. He said he was deer hunting and thought the dog was a coyote, so he shot it with an arrow.
Charges against the boy are pending, according to police. The case is being sent to the Wayne County juvenile prosecutor.
The sheriff's department was contacted by a man who said his friend found his dog on Lattasburg Road near Wooster.
Cosmo, a 9-year-old Labrador Retriever, was shot with an arrow last week.
The owner took the dog to a vet in Wooster and then to an animal clinic in Copley where Cosmo had emergency surgery to remove the arrow.
The owners, Chatfield and Christine Redick, told authorities they couldn't think of anyone who would have a reason to shoot their dog. They said the dog ran off the property prior to the incident.
"He's our family pet. He's our kids dog. It just broke my heart that somebody could do this to a dog," Christine Redick said. "I highly believe there's no way it could have been an accident."
Captain Doug Hunter of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said the department is taking the incident seriously.
“Violence towards pets is something we are not going to take lightly. Hunters do not pursue domestic animals and whoever committed this crime is nothing more than a common criminal. We will do everything we can to hold him accountable," Hunter said.
Cosmo is home recovering. The family said the arrow missed the dog's heart and lungs by a millimeter.