California cat shot in head with arrow, survives

LOS ANGELES Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:04pm EDT

1 of 2. 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.

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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.

In the meantime, he said, Max's brush with death has made his owners more cautious.

"The cat is actually a very rambunctious guy and trying to get back outside," Stosuy said. "But the owners have decided that he's an inside cat now. He's under house arrest."

(Editing by Jerry Norton)

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Comments (3)
Quipster wrote:
This cat… is one willlld and crrraaazzzy guy! (sorry, someone had to say it.)

I’m glad this kitty is OK!

Apr 13, 2011 8:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobw111 wrote:
Reminds me of the song “But the cat came back.”

I’m not a fan of cats, mostly due to their owners letting them run loose with no concern for the cat or the environment.

But, a few people definitely need to go to jail over this one.

Let’s start first with the owners of this cat, for letting it run loose. Again, with no concern for the safety of the cat, other people, or the environment.

Then we’ll go after the SOB that shot the cat with the arrow.

Apr 14, 2011 3:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nofriction wrote:
I can hear my mother now, “How would you like it if someone shot arrow in your ear…”. I’m all for taking that to it’s logical conclusion.

Apr 14, 2011 8:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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