Cat OK after arrow removed from its head

Published: Friday, January 19, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 11:06 p.m.

HUDSON — Snowball the cat is recovering after veterinarians removed an arrow lodged in her head.

Amanda Pugh told deputies her daughter found the cat Sunday with a 10-inch arrow shaft protruding from the chin. The arrow had entered somewhere between the neck and the top of the head.

"There's no way this was an accident," Pugh told the St. Petersburg Times.

Pugh couldn't afford emergency surgery, so she released the cat to Pasco County Animal Services, who paid a veterinarian to remove the arrow. The cat is doing well.

"You wouldn't really know there was any injury," shelter supervisor Kevin Mallory said. He said Snowball will be put up for adoption. Pugh said she will try to get the cat back.

Pasco County sheriff's deputies are investigating the shooting.

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