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NEWPORT (WATE) - A Cocke County family wants answers after one of their family pets was found shot in the hip with an arrow.
It's the second time in recent history that a dog has been struck with an arrow. Another dog had to be put down last week in Sevier County after a similar incident.
The most recent instance happened in the Bybee community of Cocke County, north of Newport, near the home of Lynn Gee.
Gee and her family have had their dog, Dixie, for more than two years and say she is a part of the family.
"She was sitting there and she wouldn't come to me. I was like, 'something's wrong' because she's bouncy," Gee explained. "She turned, and I saw the arrow sticking out of her."
Dixie was shot with an arrow Friday and has since gone through three life-saving surgeries.
"I have a vet who just sits there and goes, 'I am not charging you anything, let's just make her better for him, for Coby'," Gee added.
Neither Gee nor Cocke County sheriff's deputies believe this shooting is related to the one in Sevier County, but Gee doesn't think it was an accident either.
"Everyone likes Dixie around here, and that's what gets me. Very few people out here bow hunt. They usually use rifles and stuff and I don't know. I don't think it was an accident. To me, where she was shot at, she was walking away from them," said Gee.
The sheriff's office doesn't think it was retaliation either.
"I've known the Gees for several years, both in a professional and in a private nature. They are good people. I can't imagine why anyone would have done this to an animal of theirs to get to them. I really can't imagine why anyone would have done this to begin with," said Cocke County Sheriff Chief Deputy John Carrell.
Deputies have exhausted their leads, but haven't given up hope on catching the person responsible.
"It is a travesty that people in this community would find it funny, would find it amusing to do something like that to an animal," Carrell said. "Hopefully we will be able to prosecute whoever did this."
Gee just wants Dixie back and healthy.
"I wish it every day. I just, I want her home."
Gee plans to volunteer at the vet's office where they are caring for Dixie free of charge.
If you have any information about this case, call the Cocke County Sheriff's Office at 423-623-6004.