AN Orange family has had an emotional reunion with their pet cat Shadow after it survived an horrific attack with an arrow fired into its head.
Shadow was cradled in the arms of seven-year-old Makyah Landrigan on Saturday afternoon at Canobolas Family Pet Hospital. It bore the scars of the surgery where veterinary surgeon Geoff Freeth removed an arrow lodged in its head that narrowly missed the cat’s right eye and grazed its skull.
Fifteen centimetres of the arrow lodged in the cat’s head had to be removed in emergency surgery late Friday afternoon.
It was a traumatic time for Makyah without her beloved pet.
“He sleeps on my bed with me every night and keeps me safe,” she said.
The girl’s mother Tracey Burns said the family couldn’t believe their pet had been saved.
“To the person who found him and Mr Freeth, we just can’t thank you enough,” she said.
Dr Freeth said he couldn’t understand the behaviour of those responsible for inflicting the cruelty on Shadow.
“It makes you wonder about this person as their is evidence that this type of cruelty means they can go on in life to kill someone,” he said.
RSPCA inspector Beverly Holloway told the Central Western Daily she was concerned this was the second attack of this type in the area on a cat in the past 13 months and the culprits needed to be caught and could potentially face heavy fines and or imprisonment.
For young Bryson Landrigan, 11, it is his chore to feed the family cat but on Thursday night Shadow was nowhere to be found.
“I just kept calling him but he didn’t come,” Bryson said.
Ms Burns said the family lived on the corner of March and Park streets where at night there were sometimes disturbances outside.
“You can hear people who have obviously had too much to drink,” she said.
Ms Burns said she was now concerned the person who fired the arrow had done so in an area where there were small children playing.
“What if this happened in the day time around small children,” she said.
“We are just so pleased to have him back - he’s like one of the kids.”
Ms Burns said she was contacted by her brother on Saturday morning after he had seen the details of the family cat posted on Facebook and she called the vet immediately to say she believed the injured animal was Shadow.
If you have any information that could help the RSPCA track down the person responsible for the attack on Shadow please call 1300 CRUELTY