Robin Small, who is the Animal Control administrator in Anne Arundel County, Maryland said that she could not remember another case of a cat getting shot with an arrow in her entire career which began 2 years ago. However, Xena, a Maine-Coon mix was unfortunately the victim of an arrow shooting a couple of weeks ago in Davidsonville.
She is currently recovering at the Rude Ranch Animal rescue and is expected to be just fine. Right now she’s afraid of some of the stuff and probably still in shock from what happened to her. But employees at the rescue are saying that she has a big appetite and is doing “surprisingly well.”
The cat will be quarantined until she is spayed and up to date with vaccinations. With any luck she could be up for adoption within a matter of weeks. According to the Huffington Post:
The person responsible for shooting the cat could face animal cruelty charges. If convicted, that person could face a sentence of between 90 days and three years, as well as between $1,000 and $5,000 in fines, said Kristin Fleckenstein, spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office.
People are still unsure if the cat was shot on the owner’s property or not. The owner of Xena gave her up so that she could be cared for. The cat was taken to the Belair Veterinary Hospital in Bowie, where the arrow was removed on Friday.