DAVIDSONVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—A horrific case of animal abuse is under investigation in Anne Arundel County after a cat was found with an arrow lodged in its body.
Kai Jackson has more on the animal’s recovery and the search for the person responsible.
Her name is Xena. A pretty sandy brown cat that was the victim of a violent act.
“She knows she’s warm, she’s safe, she’s dry and she has plenty of food,” said Kathy Evans of Rude Ranch Animal Rescue.
It happened in Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County.
Police said a property owner in the area found Xena with an arrow in her shoulder.
He’d been caring for the cat for about a year.
Even after discovering Xena, it took a few days for animal control to catch her.
“Right now we don’t have much information to go on, unfortunately. We don’t know who the culprit is here or the culprits. We don’t know if this shot was, excuse me, if this cat was actually shot on its owner’s property,” said Anne Arundel County police spokesperson Justin Mulcahy.
Xena was treated by a veterinarian in Prince George’s County and should be OK. She’s now at the Rude Ranch Animal Rescue in Anne Arundel County.
Vets estimate the cat is about 18 months to 2 years old and a mixed breed. They said there’s no question Xena’s injury was bad, but things could have been worse.
“The underside is where the arrow went in and you can see basically along the top of her back here is where it exited, well, it came out,” said Evans.
“Fortunately, it was called a through-and-through injury. So they did have to cut off the tip of the arrow to get it back out. But they were able to get it back out without causing any additional damage,” said Evans.
Veterinarians said it should take about two weeks for the holes in Xena’s shoulder and neck are healed.
Anyone with information that may lead to finding the person(s) responsible for Xena’s condition is asked to contact Anne Arundel County Animal Control at 410-222-8900 or the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-8610.