Squirrel lives after being shot by arrow

“The squirrel is alive, (the arrow) missed its vital organs. But you don’t know about internal bleeding”
Alex Green
May 13, 2014


Mona Rutger is wellknown for helping wild animals on a daily basis.

Still, her familiarity with all manner of injured wildlife didn’t numb her to a disturbing scene this past weekend in Sandusky: a squirrel with an arrow piercing its sides.

“It’s hard to believe people would do these kinds of things,” Rutger said.

Rutger’s Back to the Wild wildlife rehabilitation center in Castalia received a call Sunday from a Sandusky couple who found the injured squirrel near their Jeanette Court property. Being the wildlife specialist she is, Rutger saw a struggling creature — but also a silver lining.    

“The squirrel is alive,” she said Monday. “(The arrow) missed its vital organs. But you don’t know about internal bleeding”

The arrow was sticking out about a foot on each side of the animal.

While the prospect for the squirrel’s longterm survival remains to be seen, one thing is certain: The person who shot it, if identified, will face some type of punishment.

“It’s 100 percent illegal,” Rutger said.

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources wildlife officer is now investigating the case. The marksman responsible could face a variety of charges.

“Sometimes it’s a fine, sometimes it’s jail time,” Rutger said. “It depends on the severity”

Rutger said nearby residents suspect they know who shot the squirrel.

In the bigger picture, she’s hoping the incident raises awareness about animal cruelty. Local counties have seen a multitude of such cases, and it’s time for such incidents to stop, Rutger said.

“We hope through education we can teach these kids to respect nature and loving creatures,” she said. “We want kids to respect the natural world and learn the impact humans have on the environment”

Last month, a group of teenage boys allegedly broke Canada goose eggs at AMVETS park in Sandusky. The teens are accused of smashing about 10 eggs containing partially developed birds. Wildlife officials are also investigating that incident.



What's wrong with people that they feel the need to hurt defenseless animals?


As a hunter this is appalling to me. No rhyme or reason behind it just pure cruelty.


How on earth can any normal human being think this kind of thing is either fun or funny? I think the answer is simpler and more appalling than most of us would want it to be: The person who did this ISN'T normal. Any bets we see his name in the newspaper one of these days for something even worse? No bet here!


A couple kids in PC shot a cat with a pistol crossbow. Nothing happened to the kids and the owner was left with a 2000$ vet bill because someone allowed 2 kids to play with a deadly weapon in town. The kids mom told the owners 5 yr old daughter that the kids were country and that's what they do! The arrow went through his chest and front legs. The prosecuting attorney nor the humane society did a thing!

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Poor little guy. Mona and her staff/organization are such an asset to our area in terms of humans and animals alike. I'm sad that I don't have more to give it in order to keep its mission (and animals) alive.


Humans are just evil! Why would you feel the need to do this!!!! Better be careful out there ALL of you ANIMAL ABUSERS~there are MANY of us out here that fight the fight EVERYDAY for animals and soon this WILL be a felony!!! People that do things like this need to have the SAME thing done to them! Sickening SOB!


PER THE ARTICLE.....Rutger said nearby residents suspect they know who shot the squirrel. Ya I bet we all know who the brat is....maybe somebody take the arrow and check it for fingers prints and I will pay the bill...what is next in that great area, cats, dogs, ducks who all roam the area?