According to Anniston police Sgt. Chris Sparks, an Anniston woman went outside in her Saks neighborhood to feed her outside cat Tuesday night. When the animal approached, the owner said she saw an arrow lodged in its head, Sparks said.
According to a police report, the arrow went into the cat’s head straight through the front, leading Sparks to assume it had been struck in the forehead.
The sergeant said he did not know the make of the arrow or what type of bow it had been shot by.
According to Sparks, the woman rushed her cat to the vet where it was treated. The sergeant said he does not know what vet the cat was taken to, but the pet is expected to recover. There were no other reported injuries, he said.
A similar but unrelated incident occurred in Ohatchee Tuesday evening after a resident found his 10-year-old cat, Harley, bleeding from the chest on his front porch.
The owner, who asked not to be identified, said in a phone interview that he rushed the cat to his vet, who originally believed Harley had been bitten by a dog. The owner said the vet encouraged him to take Harley to Animal Medical Center in Anniston, where the animal was examined and treated.
An X-ray showed Harley had been shot by a gun, the owner said.
“It had been an intent-to-kill shot,” the owner said.
The owner said because there are no suspects he will not press charges. He said he is just happy to have Harley home with him, and expects the cat to make a full recovery.
Sparks said he does not know how long the Anniston woman has fed or cared for her cat. The owner said she will press charges against any suspects who are identified, Sparks said; there were no suspects on Thursday.
Any suspects could face felony charges of cruelty to a dog or cat in the first degree.