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April 30, 2013

Cat found shot by arrow survives, remains critical

RUSHVILLE — A cat found shot by an arrow Tuesday morning in Rushville survives and remains in critical condition. The cat was transported for emergency treatment to Jackman’s Animal Clinic in Milroy.

Residents near a dead end on Pearl Street found the cat lying outside their home around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning and immediately called the Rushville Animal Shelter. Animal Warden Cara 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 and can’t be scanned for an owner’s I.D. chip until after it comes out from anaesthesia she said.

An early afternoon update Tuesday to Moran from the treating veterinarians confirmed 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, 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.

“It made me feel terrible to pick it up off the ground. I picked it up, put it in the truck and immediately took it down there,” Moran said.

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

The arrow has been held for evidence according to Rushville Police Chief Craig Tucker. “We have initiated an investigation into animal cruelty,” he said. Tucker encouraged anyone with information or, he added, “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.” RPD can be reached at 932-3907.

This instance of a cat being shot through with an arrow in Rushville comes almost exactly one year after a rooster was discovered with an arrow through it.

A year ago, a staff member of the Elks, Ruby Welter, and a customer at the Rushville Elks got a shock when they turned on the lights in the banquet room to set up Bingo for the evening.

Standing three feet from them on the small bar in the back of the room was what they at first thought was a statue of a rooster with an arrow through it.

Then it moved.

The point of the arrow that had come out through the breast of the rooster was stuck under the edge of the bar. Welter moved the arrow enough to unhook it and then set the rooster on the floor and walked it outside and into a neighboring yard where children expected to arrive home from school shortly on buses would not see it until animal control arrived.

Sadly, the rooster did not survive.

Rushville Police Officer Wessel, who stopped in at the animal shelter when the rooster was discovered last year said there was nowhere to go with the investigation at that time.

“I know it’s animal cruelty and it’s a shame that it happened,” he said.

Melissa Conrad, 765-932-2222 ext. 107

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