- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan judge has issued an arrest warrant after a man accused of shooting his dog in the head with a crossbow didn’t appear in court for his sentence.

Christopher Scott failed to show up Thursday in Lapeer County District Court, 60 miles north of Detroit. He pleaded guilty Dec. 18 to a charge of abandoning or cruelty to an animal.

His 65-pound black-coated mastiff-Labrador mix named Gemma was found wandering last March with an arrow lodged above her left eye. A veterinarian later removed the arrow. The dog spent months recovering.

Judge Laura Barnard signed an arrest warrant for Scott. A message seeking comment from defense attorney Matt Funke wasn’t immediately returned.

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