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Cat Recovering After Being Shot With An Arrow

Friday, April 15th

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- It's obvious that Boxer, a black and white kitten who was shot by a bow and arrow this week, is in agony. On Friday, doctors at the Franklin County Animal Hospital surgically repaired his leg. He'll be in bad shape for awhile, but he will survive. On Wednesday, Eric McCormack found the kitten after it had been shot with an arrow.

"I was like 'oh God is he ok?' and then I saw the arrow as I got a little closer I thought he was dead. And I got a little closer than that and then he meowed at me," said McCormack.

That meow was a sigh of relief for McCormack. Boxer is a stray who lives near his house in Franklin County. McCormack and his wife named the cat and see him around the house. They're paying for Boxer's medical bills as he makes his recovery.

"I thought he wasn't going to make it at all," said McCormack.

The arrow went through the cat's arm but it didn't hit any organs. McCormack calls the recovery amazing.

This is the second time in as many months an animal in Franklin County has been viciously attacked. In March, a tiny puppy, nicknamed Bullet, was shot in a Benton neighborhood. He was adopted after he recovered.

McCormack hopes Boxer will be as fortunate. As animal lovers wonder, when someone will be held accountable for inflicting such pain.

"I hope they're punished," McCormack said.

Authorities agree. Franklin County Animal Control Supervisor Jarrett Broy says the shooting was not an accident. He points out it's not bow hunting season.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call animal control at (618) 439-9197.

McCormack and his wife are looking for a family to adopt Boxer. If you're interested email the station at news@wsiltv.com and we'll pass along the information.

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