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Blinded Cat 'Arrow' on the Mend at Animal Welfare League of Arlington

Buff-colored tabby will be ready for adoption soon after he recuperates from eye surgery.

Arrow gets a snuggle from a staffmember at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Photo by Mary Ann Barton
Arrow gets a snuggle from a staffmember at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Photo by Mary Ann Barton
Arrow, the tabby cat who lost an eye after being shot, is on the mend at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. The person who shot the cat has not been caught or come forward and no one has claimed the cat.

"He's healing well, people are taking shifts to visit with him," said AWLA President and CEO Neil Trent.

Arrow is being made comfortable in the back offices of the shelter, after surgery to remove his right eye. His eyelids are sewn shut and the stitches will eventually be removed, after a veterinarian removed his eye. 

BBs or possibly buckshot from a shotgun hit him in the head, Trent said.. An Arlington resident near Ballston brought him in to the shelter on Jan. 18.

If anyone is caught and purposely shot at Arrow, the charge would be Cruelty to Animals, under Virginia Code 3.2-6570, according to Dustin Sternbeck, Arlington County Police spokesman. 

Arrow (shelter staff and volunteers gave him the name after he was brought in) should be ready for adoption in about a week or so, after his stitches come out.

The buff-colored cat, who weighs 10 pounds, purred while being held for a quick photo and his hearing seems to be fine, according to staff. The shelter has received many phone calls from the public, wanting to adopt Arrow.

He'll need to go to a home, they say, that is fairly quiet and not too rambunctious. The shelter staff said they think he is about four years old.


Liz February 20, 2014 at 06:14 PM
Happy to hear he's in loving hands now!!!
Sharon February 23, 2014 at 08:03 AM
I wish the person who did this has the same happen to him/her.
Zeivah February 23, 2014 at 09:46 AM
For everyone that reads this article or hears about this poor defenseless cat .... may we all wish bad Karma on the person who did this for the rest of his/her life. So while you (the person who did this) laugh at this - and enjoy your Anonymous publicity - remember - we are all wishing bad things to happen to you - and some day you will get less than you deserve - may you watch your back for the rest of your life for that bad karma to come back at you - I certainly hope it comes in multiples - maybe you will be trapped in a car or train crash for hours in pain - or perhaps you will just have one of those hard luck lives (cancer eating away at your gut comes to mind) - whatever bad happens to you - know that you brought this on yourself by your nasty callousness towards a gentle animal who would never have harmed you. While there are those who will pray for you - most of us will not. This is a sick person who will more than likely spend his/her life hurting others - Their next step may be a serial killer - gosh I just can't wait till he/she gets a real gun! I see no reason for forgiveness when there is someone so hateful out there - who deserves to be punished.
Mary's Critter Care February 23, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Karma will equalize ... God Bless the rescuers & this sweet baby! <3
Christina Perez Bass February 23, 2014 at 04:13 PM
And people wonder why I do not like people as much as animals. Thank goodness there are rescuers and good samaritans. Please keep us updated on this story.
Washington area cyclist February 23, 2014 at 06:14 PM
The so-called "good samaritans" neutered this once-virile tomcat. This was far worse for the "sweet baby" than was being shot.

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