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Cat shot with arrow near Caseyville is recovering from emergency surgery

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COLLINSVILLE • A cat shot with an arrow Friday is recovering from surgery as the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department investigates the incident.

It all started Friday morning when a farmer who lives near Caseyville said she discovered her outside cat pierced by an arrow and walking around, said Lisa McCormick, director and founder of Partners for Pets of Troy, Ill.

“The arrow went in one side and protruded out the other,” McCormick said.

St. Clair County Animal Control officials called McCormick about 10 a.m. Friday to see if she could help. Otherwise, the injured tabby cat would have been euthanized, McCormick said.

McCormick advised animal-control officials to take the cat to Horseshoe Lake Animal Hospital in Collinsville.

“It’s frightening to see an animal lying there with an arrow through it,” McCormick said. “... He was in shock and had trouble breathing.”

The cat was stabilized, X-rayed and taken for surgery. The arrow was dismantled and removed during surgery.

“He’s doing really well,” McCormick said. “Now the hope is that he doesn’t get a bad infection or complications.”

McCormick and the farm owner decided that the cat would be safer elsewhere so he wouldn’t be a target again.

“She decided she didn’t want to put him back in danger,” she said. “We will find a home for him.”

The male cat — now nicknamed Arrow — will be hospitalized for a few days before he is taken to a shelter or placed in a foster care home. When he is well enough, which could take weeks, he will be put up for adoption, she said.

Rescuers believe the small pink arrow may have come from a bow belonging to a woman because of the color. The arrow pieces were turned over to authorities as evidence in the animal-cruelty investigation.

“Hopefully they will get enough information to find out who would do something like this,” McCormick said. “I’ve never had an animal shot with an arrow like that before.”

Anyone wishing to keep up with Arrow’s recovery can go to the shelter’s website at partnersforpetsil.org or call Horseshoe Lake Animal Hospital at 618-344-7949. Donations toward surgery expenses also are being accepted.

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Denise Hollinshed is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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