Brooke Nelson, marketing director of Animal Medical Center in Anniston, said a 2-year-old male gray domestic short-hair cat was brought into the vet’s office Sunday after his Heflin owner found he’d been shot with an arrow. Nelson said the arrow was lodged in the cat’s shoulder, narrowly missing the shoulder blade and rib cage.
“It didn’t puncture anything vital. This cat was very lucky,” Nelson said.
Vets pulled a 19.75-inch Easton Carbon Power C2 Bolt arrow out of the feline.
The cat is expected to make a full recovery, Nelson said, and will go home with his owner soon.
The owner did not want to release his or his pet’s name to The Star, Nelson said.
Employees at the Heflin Police Department and Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office said Monday afternoon they had not heard about the shooting.
Animal Medical Center also cared for a 10-year-old cat from Ohatchee named Harley on June 4, after he suffered a gunshot wound. Nelson said Harley was returned to the care of his owner and is expected to make a full recovery.
A cat in Saks also was discovered by its owner with an arrow in its head on June 4, according to Anniston police. Sgt. Chris Sparks told The Star that the cat was taken to a vet and was also expected to recover.
Nelson called the recent cat shootings “very disconcerting and very unusual.”
Staff Writer Rachael Brown: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RBrown_Star.