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Cat shot in head with 30cm arrow survives

June 15, 2011 - 6:27pm


HOW many lives does a cat have?

A white cat named Spike living in England proved that the furry animal may have more than one.

He survived being shot through the head with a crossbow bolt after four hours of surgery, Sky News reported.

The 30cm arrow lodged in his skull.

The owners of Spike, who lives in Merseyside, branded the attack "horrific".

Miss Sandra Grogan told Sky News she would always remember the sight of her stricken pet.

She said: "It was horrific to see this metal bolt through my cat's head.

"It's an image I'll never forget. All kinds of emotions went through me.

"No-one can understand how he's not had major damage or how he's even survived this traumatic incident."

A 39-year-old man from the area is being held by police after his arrest in connection with the incident and a "bolt-firing mechanism" has been seized.

Sandra's husband, Mike, called for more restrictions on the sale of weapons such as crossbows.

"It's absolutely sickening and shocking that you can buy these things on the internet quite easily," he said.

"It could very easily have missed Spike and... killed a child. That's the worse thing about it."

Vet Sarah Roberts from Alder Veterinary Hospital, who operated on Spike, was shocked that he survived the incident.

She told Sky News: "Although there is still some way to go, he is very lucky to have made it this far.

"It takes a very powerful weapon to have penetrated the bone as much as it has.

"Unfortunately, this is part of a bigger picture, as we see animals that have been attacked with weapons like airguns all-too often."

(Source: Sky News)


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