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First, the facts: a Michigan resident found an injured cat under a deck and called authorities on Monday. The cat had been shot with a crossbow bolt, or arrow, and was taken to the Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing for surgery, according to the Eaton County Sheriff's Office.
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By Tuesday, the 1-year-old cat remained heavily sedated after the surgery to remove the arrow, which went through his chest cavity, just narrowly missed his lungs and other vital organs, and exited underneath his front leg, said CAHS president and CEO Julia Wilson.
"The cat was surprisingly alert when he came in. He was in fairly good spirits," she said. "He was very acceptable to human touch which told me, first, it's a pet kitty."
The cat remains in stable, yet serious, condition. The arrow didn't puncture his lungs, they were bruised by the arrow on its way through.
"The owner of the cat has been identified and cannot afford veterinarian care for her pet," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "The owner last saw her pet on Saturday."
"We've seen some pretty extraordinary cases of animal cruelty," Wilson said. "Have I seen a cat with an arrow that's still alive? No."
Archery season for whitetail deer in Michigan started Oct. 1. Wilson said this case doesn't appear to be a hunting accident, given that the type of arrow had a blunt practice tip, the kind typically used for target practice.
"Whoever did this wasn't hunting for deer," she said.
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