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Cat recovering after being struck with arrow in Cape Coral

Cat recovering after being struck with arrow
Posted at 12:45 PM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 18:49:12-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Police are investigating potential animal abuse after a house cat came home to it's owners with an arrow through his shoulder. 

In a photo posted to a Cape Coral community Facebook page Friday, a woman says her daughter's cat Urie came home with an arrow in him.

It happened in the area of SE 6th Street near Del Prado Boulevard.

Reporter Sam Sosa spoke to the family. They tell her Urie was rushed to a vet, who said it is luck to be alive. "He had to be in so much pain," said owner Ashley Allen. "We found him with half the arrow hanging off of him, so we cut it."

Allen believes someone shot her cat on purpose, and worries that person is hurting other animals in the area too. "Some people are really sick and deranged and probably think it's funny," she said. "I mean, it's Florida. There are ferrol cats everywhere. I'm sure they're doing this to other cats."

The family hopes they can get prints off the arrow to assist in the investigation. Cape Coral Police Corporal Phil Mullen told 4 In Your Corner harming an animal like this is a crime that could be punishable by jail time. "With the animal cruelty statute in Florida, it can either be a misdemeanor, or a felony, depending on the severity, the intent, and end result, (if there is) excessive pain, or death to the animal."