Brianna, dog shot twice with arrows, dies

A signboard for Taman Sinaran, the neighbourhood where Brianna was shot with two arrows on Wednesday, is shown in this photo, taken May 15, 2014. — Photo by Yap Tzu Ging
A signboard for Taman Sinaran, the neighbourhood where Brianna was shot with two arrows on Wednesday, is shown in this photo, taken May 15, 2014. — Photo by Yap Tzu Ging

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — A dog named Brianna that was shot twice with arrows by a man outside his home in Balakong has died of tick fever, according to the canine rights group that was fostering it after the attack.

In a message on its Facebook page today, Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) said they were informed of Brianna’s death by the veterinarian in Subang Jaya that was treating the dog for the injuries sustained from the bow-and-arrow attack on Tuesday.

“We received some very heart breaking news just now. Brianna is no more. She succumbed to her severe tick fever and we are truly shattered upon hearing the news.

“The vet tried everything possible ― she was just too weak and too traumatised,” the group said on its page.

Tick fever is a common blood infection in canines and is not usually fatal if treated in a timely manner.

MDDB asserted that the wounds inflicted by Brianna’s attacker had aggravated the condition of a “very, very sick dog”.

In a parting message, MDDB also took aim at Brianna’s owner or owners, saying they bore as much responsibility for her death as the man who attacked her.

“To the owners who abandoned her ― you are just as bad as Mr Bow and Arrow. May all of you burn in the fires of hell if there is indeed such a thing,” the group said.

“R.I.P Brianna ― you are now free from all the pain and torture that rankled the twilight years of your life.”

Brianna was reportedly attacked by the man using a bow and arrows outside his home at Taman Sinaran, Taming Jaya on Tuesday in what he claimed to be an attempt to chase the dog away.

The dog was rescued by another resident, who lodged a police report and contacted MDDB that had fostered Brianna.

The police say they are investigating the case under Section 429 of the Penal Code pertaining to mischief towards animals.

* A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Taman Sinaran as a location in Klang, instead of Balakong.

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