Cat recovering after being shot with arrow in Pennsylvania

Published On: Sep 17 2013 07:11:56 AM HST

A cat was shot with a hunting arrow just north of Lititz, Lancaster County. The cat, which had no collar on, was found and turned over to the SPCA. 

The sweet black cat is one lucky feline, and is now recovering at Bridgeport Animal Hospital.

“He seems to be doing very good, considering everything,” said Dr. John Hall, a veterinarian.

The arrow went in near the cat's shoulder, along his rib cage, with part of it coming out his back.

“The arrow did not penetrate into the lungs or heart, or we wouldn’t have a kitty right now,” said Hall.

Hall used a bolt cutter to cut off the part of the arrow sticking out of the cat’s back. He was then able to pull out the remainder of it.

“The question is, is this skin going to survive with all the maggots in it or not?” said Hall.

The cat, which had no collar on, is now on high doses of antibiotics, IV fluids and pain medication.

“It’s absolutely horrible,” said Jennifer Wiese with the Lancaster County SPCA.

Wiese says she believes it was a deliberate act.

“It was probably someone who didn’t like him or thought that would be a nice target and decided to shoot at it,” said Wiese.

The cat will stay at the vet for a day or so before being returned to the SPCA. He still needs a name.

“In our records, he is called Arrow,” said Wiese.

If you have any information about the cat and how it may have been shot, you are asked to call the Lancaster County SPCA. 


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