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Cat Found in Arlington Shot, Blinded with More Than 30 BBs

Buff tabby named "Arrow" was found near Ballston Mall and is recuperating before being put up for adoption.

"Arrow," a buff-colored tabby, was found with more than 30 BBs in him. Animal Welfare League of Arlington photo
"Arrow," a buff-colored tabby, was found with more than 30 BBs in him. Animal Welfare League of Arlington photo

A buff-colored tabby cat was recently found in Arlington riddled with more than 30 BB pellets, according to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, in their newsletter sent out Friday.

"Arrow," as the shelter is calling the cat, was found near Ballston Common Mall by an Arlington resident who brought the male cat to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington on South Arlington Mill Drive in Arlington.

The shelter veterinarian found that the cat is blind, with the right eye shrunken. The cat's left eye has a dilated pupil and lens opacity. The vet staff named him Arrow and sent him out for x-rays. "We were shocked to learn that he had at least 20 BB pellets in his head alone," shelter staff said in the latest copy of Shelter Tails, the e-newsletter. 

The BB-shooting is most likely the reason for his blindness, according to the shelter newsletter. Although it was shocking to see so many BBs in one animal, there was no medical reason to remove them, as it would cause more trauma, staff noted. 

The cat was neutered, his badly damaged right eye was removed, and a vet also performed a dental cleaning with extractions. 

"This sweet boy is now recovering in our offices being closely watched by our medical team," shelter staff noted. "We are hoping for his full recovery and eventual adoption."

The shelter was closed Friday due to snowy conditions.

ellynpence February 15, 2014 at 07:26 AM
Whoever would do that to a cat is someone who will likely to continue trying to maim and kill animals and will escalate to killing human beings with a gun.
Patrick J February 15, 2014 at 07:45 AM
Agreed, obviously a sick adult / kid who needs to be dealt with swiftly.
Washington area cyclist February 15, 2014 at 11:58 AM
This is one unfortunate cat. First he is shot. Then he is neutered.
Liz February 15, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Poor thing! Am holding this cat in the golden healing starlight http://www.thestarlink.net/healing.html
J. H. February 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM
People like this should be punished. Anyone who knows who did this should turn them in to the authorities. What a disgusting individual.
Washington area cyclist February 16, 2014 at 06:02 PM
You are correct. Neutering a tomcat is far from humane.
Arnold Rothenbuescher February 16, 2014 at 08:41 PM
I would like about 15 seconds in a closed room with the idiot(s) who did this..... 10 seconds of that time would be cleaning myself up afterwards.......
J. H. February 16, 2014 at 08:48 PM
Alas, this individual is such a chicken, he will never show himself. And this only leads to sicker acts.
Jamie February 17, 2014 at 02:14 AM
People wonder why i say i enjoy animals more than humans! Wonder no more! (SMH)
Linda Schwartz February 17, 2014 at 09:18 AM
I hope whoever did this gets what is coming to them. Doing something to such a beautiful creature make me sick. I hope that Arrow finds a loving, caring forever home. I'm sure that after seeing this someone will give him a home.
Star February 17, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Neutering a cat and/or dog is not inhumane. Its a solution to stop the over breeding and euthanization of so many cats and dogs without homes now. Neutering and Spaying a cat or dog is a sign of a responsible pet owner. Some even catch "feral" cats and have them neutered and/or spayed so they won't continue to produce more feral cats!!!
Laura Mann February 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM
First thought: Who is it who shooting animals in our County?! What unsuperivised child is using a bebe gun? The actions of this person will come back to him. Second thought: Killing is not an option. The Bible and Torah instruct us "Thou shalt not kill." It doesn't say what.
Washington area cyclist February 23, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Neutering a tomcat is indeed inhumane. It is no better than neutering people to prevent the effects of human overpopulation, which include the ongoing mass extinction of many nonhuman species.
Washington area cyclist February 23, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Further, if people wish to stop the overbreeding and euthanization of cats and dogs, they should neuter (spay) female cats and dogs, but not males. One male cat or dog can impregnate many females. When people neuter a male, they simply decrease competition among males. This enables other males to sire more offspring than they would otherwise do. As a result, people can't decrease the number of "feral" cats and dogs when they neuter males.

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