Cat shot with arrow in Middletown recovering

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - A Butler County animal rescue organization is working to treat a cat that had been shot with an arrow.

Officials are asking anyone with information about the person who did this to report it to the Butler County dog warden.

"Arrow" is now being cared for at the Monroe Family Pet Hospital.

Someone shot an arrow through her scruff, according to Joseph's Legacy. It remained in her for several days and the wound is now infected.

Officials had a hard time rescuing Arrow, because she was semi-feral and it was difficult to find a cage with an opening large enough to fit the cat and arrow.

"We started going back and forth like, how are we going to trap this cat?" Joseph's Legacy President Meg Melampy said. "…if the arrow is 12 inches long it's not going to fit in a regular trap."

Eventually the arrow fell out of the cat's neck and neighbors were able to help trap the cat and call Joseph's Legacy. Meg Melampy has nicknamed the cat 'Arrow' and now the feral cat is receiving treatment at the Monroe Family Pet Hospital.

"The tissue around [the wound] has died and so basically the treatment for Arrow is going to be to remove that dead tissue," Monroe Family Pet Hospital Owner Jason Tarabrella said.

Tarabella said the damage to the cat's flesh indicates the arrow may have been in the cats neck for as long as a week.

The organization said after a few days, Arrow is beginning to heal well.

This is one of the many cases of animal abuse seen around the Tri-State in the past year, and this case may go unsolved unless a witness to the abuse comes forward.

"I don't know that it's more common… I mean, maybe it is," Melampy said. "I just think that we get a lot of calls and we see it more just because people are telling us and we can help."

"There's never a shortage of these sorts of things that happen unfortunately," Tarabrella said. "…you can't focus on these negative things as much because there is so many great people, like Meg and Joseph's Legacy out there."

Joseph's Legacy is taking donations to cover the cost of Arrow's care.

If you would like to donate, call Monroe Family Pet Hospital at (513) 539-8737.

You can also donate via PayPal: donate@josephslegacyrescue.org.

Or you can mail a check to PO Box 3, Middletown Ohio 45042.

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