Arrow attack cat survives

Hunt continues after animal's 'horrific' ordeal

SIMON DAY
Last updated 05:00 22/08/2012
Apollo

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Apollo was shot through the head with an arrow, and is now recovering well. The SPCA is still on the hunt for his attacker.

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CRUEL: The SPCA is "absolutely horrified" after finding a cat that had been shot through the head with an arrow.

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Apollo, the cat speared through the head with an arrow and shot by an air gun, is recovering well, but faces a long road to recovery.

The three-year-old male silver tabby was found outside the Massey Archery Club in west Auckland on August 8.

He will visit a specialist surgeon this week to determine the fate of his fractured front leg, which may still need to be amputated. Apollo is also battling general infections as a result of his injuries.

The SPCA has had a number of offers to adopt the injured cat, but he is not yet well enough to be sent to a foster home.

"The story of Apollo's horrific experience has created a huge amount of sympathy and interest from the community," SPCA Auckland chief executive Christine Kalin said. 

"We are very appreciative of the many offers to give this special cat a loving home. At this stage it is too early to consider offers of adoption until we are confident of Apollo's full recovery."

The search also continues for Apollo's attackers.

"Unfortunately, there has been no progress on who was responsible for this act," Kalin said. "We are using the eyes and ears of the public and would love to see the person responsible held accountable."

Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact SPCA senior inspector Kevin Plowright on 027 278 0907.

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