FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Workers with Fayetteville Animal Services in Arkansas saved a male cat named Simba Wednesday that had been shot through the head with an arrow. They successfully removed the arrow from its head through surgery.
The call about the injured cat came in around 9 a.m., KFSM reported. Thirty minutes later, Simba was being cared for by a veterinarian, according to Anthony Rankin, manager of the Animal Services Program for the city of Fayetteville.
By 10:10 a.m., the domestic short haired cat was out of surgery and in recovery, Rankin said.
Simba’s owner is in Florida, and a neighbor was asked to come over daily and take care of the animal. Rankin said the neighbor found the wounded cat on Wednesday and called animal services for help.
Most of the damage to the cat is in its sinus passages, which the arrow passed through, officials said.
“I can’t believe he’s still alive,” Rankin said.
He said the veterinarian that treated the cat expects it to survive.
The person who shot the cat with an arrow will face animal cruelty charges, according to Rankin. Police and animal services are working together to find the person responsible. Having the arrow in their possession may help police identify the person who fired it, Rankin said.
[Editorial note: The pictures of the cat below may be disturbing to some viewers.]