When Kitty News Network reported last week about a California cat that had been shot with an arrow, we hoped it would be the last such story. But now, halfway across the country, another cat has become a victim of a cruel wanna-be William Tell.
A West Frankfort, Illinois, couple noticed that their cat, Boxer, had gone missing. They went to look for him and found the black-and-white feline lying in an outbuilding with an arrow piercing his shoulder.
“He had apparently dragged himself up to the greenhouse,” said Franklin County Animal Control Supervisor Jarrett Broy.
The family rushed Boxer to the Franklin County Animal Hospital. “This was not superficial. It was embedded in him and it broke his leg,” according to a technician at the clinic.
The shooting was not an accident, Broy said. “I don’t see how it could be. It’s not bow season. He’s a cat and whoever shot him knew he was a cat. He was shot on purpose.”
Boxer’s family lives in a rural area, and they often find cats and dogs have been dumped on their property. They are animal lovers, so they care for as many as they can, Broy said.
But in the last few months, several of the family’s animals have disappeared. They got an unfortunate clue about what might have become of their four-legged charges when they found Boxer last Wednesday.
“Now they are afraid to bring [Boxer] back home,” Broy said. “They said they might want to find another home for him. Since he’s already gone through this, they sure don’t want anything else to happen to him.”
This isn’t the first time Broy has seen animals injured by arrows. “We’ve seen other dogs and cats; he’s definitely not the first. About three years ago, four dogs in one area were shot with arrows,” he said.
But even this year, there have been acts of violence against animals. Earlier this month, in the nearby town of Benton, a terrier mix pup was shot with a gun. The dog survived and has made a full recovery.
Unfortunately, no arrests were made in connection with the shooting, and Broy is afraid Boxer’s attacker will never be found, either.
“I think we’d have had better luck finding out who shot an animal in town than we would out in the country. That’s the hard part,” he said. “Somebody who would shoot an animal, there’s no telling what else they’d shoot.”
Nonetheless, Franklin County Animal Control hasn’t given up its search for Boxer’s attacker or the person who shot the puppy.
Boxer, meanwhile, is healing well in the hands of the veterinary clinic staff. The arrow broke the cat’s leg, but it missed all his vital organs.
Despite his injuries, the cat is “very friendly, very people-friendly. He’s a trooper,” the technician said.
[Source: The Southern]