WASHINGTON CITY – A stray cat is recovering at a veterinary clinic after being shot in the face with an arrow and discovered along a park trail Wednesday. Police have asked the public to report any information related to the incident.
Washington City Animal Control was alerted to the presence of an injured female cat found under a bush along a city park trail Wednesday morning. The cat had been impaled with an arrow that had entered on the side of her nose and exited through her left shoulder blade.
The injured cat was originally found by a volunteer who feeds a feral cat colony in the area, said Kris Neal, who heads One More Chance, a nonprofit that supports and promotes non-lethal alternatives to homeless cat management. The volunteer noticed the cat, who was a fairly recent arrival to the colony, had been missing for three-to-four days until she was found in her injured state.
The cat was taken to the Washington Family Veterinary Clinic for emergency care and the arrow was removed. When she was first brought in, it was uncertain if she would survive.
“She was touch-and-go Wednesday,” Neal said. The cat has since been named Quiver and is doing very well, she said.
Shanna Faapuna, a veterinary technician who has aided in Quiver’s recovery at the clinic, said the arrow split the back of the cat’s tongue, left a hole in the top of her mouth, lacerated her esophagus, and went right through the shoulder blade without breaking it. The arrow completely missed the brain and other vital areas.
Thursday, Quiver had surgery to repair the damage to her tongue and mouth and is expected to recover. However, due to the injuries that recovery will take time, during which time Quiver will need special attention.
“The only concern the doctor has at the moment is that because she has a lacerated esophagus from the arrow,” Faapuna said. “When it heals, will it heal with scar tissue making it thinner than it should and unable to contract properly, making it hard to for her to pass food?”
Quiver will likely need to be fed soft foods in small increments as the esophagus heals, Faapuna said. For this and other reasons Quiver is being treated as a special needs cat and be placed in Neal’s care.
“I have ample facility for Quiver,” Neal said. She added that Quiver is quite loving, and was possibly abandoned or left behind by her previous owners. “She seems to be very adoptable.”
Many people have expressed interest in adopting Quiver, Faapuna said. Despite inquiries from prospective adopters, Quiver will not be available for adoption until she has completely recovered.
No other surgeries are planned for Quiver for the immediate future, Faapuna said. Any future surgeries will depend upon how the cat heals.
Ed Kantor, Washington City Police public information officer, said the police are investigating the matter but have no suspects as of Friday morning. Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to contact the Washington City Animal Shelter at 435-673-7194.
“This just isn’t acceptable,” Neal said of the apparent animal cruelty experienced by Quiver, adding that animal cruelty laws in the state need to be more severe. “Animal abuse isn’t acceptable,” she said.
Faapuna said people who want to donate to Quiver’s medical expenses can contact the Washington Family Veterinary Clinic through its Facebook page and website, or call the clinic at 435-627-1300. The clinic is located at 969 North 3050 #B1-A in St. George.
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