Rushville Republican

May 2, 2013

Updated: Cat found shot by arrow

Police seeking information

Melissa Conrad
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Arrow, as the cat found Tuesday morning clinging to life with an arrow through her has been nicknamed, was doing better Thursday. So well, in fact, that Arrow’s team of veterinarians are allowing her to move to the Rushville Animal Shelter under the watchful eye of Animal Warden Cara Moran.

Wednesday, Arrow remained in critical condition, but by Thursday her condition had improved significantly.

Rushville Police Chief Craig Tucker said the arrow has been identified as a Beman 340 ICS Bowhunter and is a black arrow with an orange logo. “The fletching is yellow and white. The tip on it is a practice tip. If anybody knows anybody that lives in that area with arrows similar to that, we’d appreciate a phone call,” Tucker said.

RPD can be reached at 932-3907.

The cat was transported for emergency treatment to Jackman’s Animal Clinic in Milroy Tuesday.

Residents near the dead end of Pearl Street found the cat lying outside their home around 8 a.m. Tuesday and immediately called the Rushville Animal Shelter. Moran responded to the report of the injured cat.

The cat is female and approximately two or three years old, according to Moran. It was not wearing a collar.

Moran confirmed Tuesday that the cat’s vital signs had “almost crashed” during removal of the arrow.

“The next 12 hours will still be critical,” Moran repeated from the report shortly after the cat was taken to the clinic, saying x-rays weren’t able to show if the arrow had penetrated or gone on top of the cat’s diaphragm. The arrow did appear to have penetrated the liver.

The emergency treatment for the cat will be covered out of a fund from donations made to the Rushville Animal Shelter. Donations may be made to: Rushville Animal Shelter, 223 Smiley Ave., Rushville, IN 46173. Their phone number is 765-932-4754.

The parts of the arrow removed before treatment were turned over by Moran to the Rushville Police Department for investigation.

The arrow has been held for evidence, according to Chief Tucker.

“We have initiated an investigation into animal cruelty,” he said. “If the person involved would like to present themselves with an explanation as to why this has happened, we’d be happy to talk to them.”

“Arrow’s blood work has come back and it all actually looks pretty good. Our only concern right now is getting her to eat. This is one amazing kitty who has a team of amazing vets! Thanks to Dr. Rob, Dr. Angie and Dr. Bob and their truly amazing staff!” Moran said. The veterinarians are Rob Jackman, Angie Thieman, Bob Jackman and their staff.

Thursday, Moran said, “I should be able to pick Arrow up sometime today. She’s jumping here and jumping there. Actually she’s feeling pretty good. She ate a little bit. We need to keep our eye on that. She’s still not eating as much as we want her to eat. She’s alert. She’s happy. Actually, I laid down on the floor with her and had my hand out and she came over an laid on my hand and went to sleep. She is doing way better than any of us thought she would.”

Moran said Arrow has a long road to recovery ahead.

“We want to make sure there aren’t any health issues and if there are we get them taken care of,” she said.

If enough donations come in, Moran intends to have Arrow spayed before she finds her forever home, hopefully. Donations are coming in to the Rushville Animal Shelter to help with expenses and the staff is grateful for the help, not only for Arrow, but for all the animals they shelter.

At a minimum, this cat would appear to have eight lives left to lead.