California cat shot in head with arrow, survives

Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:04pm EDT
 
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By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A northern California cat that survived being shot through the head with an arrow was recuperating from surgery on Tuesday, apparently little worse for the wear, authorities said.

Max, a three-year-old black and white cat owned by a Santa Cruz area couple, was apparently shot with the arrow sometime over the weekend, a fact his owners discovered on Sunday evening.

"According to the owners, the cat had been missing for two days and when they opened their front door the cat came in," Santa Cruz County Animal Services Manager Todd Stosuy told Reuters.

"That's when the owners, much to their shock, saw an arrow sticking out of the cat's head," he said. "The cat was acting normally, eating normally. It almost looked like one of those fake arrows."

Stosuy said Max was taken to a veterinary hospital that night to have the arrow removed, under anesthesia.

"It went in one side of the cat's head, went through the ear and then out the top, it doesn't look like it hit the animal's brain at all," he said.

Authorities so far have no suspects in the shooting, but Stosuy said an animal control officer working full time on the case and canvassing the neighborhood had already developed a few leads.

He said if anyone was found to have shot Max intentionally, that person would likely face animal cruelty charges.   Continued...

 
<p>Santa Cruz County Animal Services photograph shows Max, a three-year-old cat shot through the head with an arrow in this photograph released to Reuters on April 12, 2011. REUTERS/Santa Cruz County Animal Services/Handout</p>