Pregnant cat shot repeatedly with crossbow on the mend

An X-ray of a pregnant cat that was repeatedly shot with a crossbow in Thorold South on Tuesday,...

An X-ray of a pregnant cat that was repeatedly shot with a crossbow in Thorold South on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. (Supplied)

Jeff Blay, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:05 PM ET

THOROLD, Ont. — A Siamese cat has lost its litter of kittens but is expected to pull through after it was shot four times with a crossbow in this southern Ontario town.

The Humane Society opened an animal cruelty investigation after the pregnant domestic cat — which it has named Cinnamon — was found Tuesday night with the plastic portion of a crossbow bolt sticking out of its abdomen.

X-rays indicated Cinnamon was carrying at least six kittens, which had to be aborted during surgery. It was found that one of the kittens was impaled by an arrow, which actually saved its mother's life.

“This saved the cat’s life because it stuck in the uterus, so if the cat wasn’t pregnant, the arrow would have likely hit the kidney or one of its major organs,” said Dr. Bassem Boctor, the veterinarian who performed the surgery. “It had four major, deep injuries.”

Boctor said Cinnamon arrived at his hospital with three of the bolts still stuck in it.

Surgery was successful and the cat is now recovering at the humane society in St. Catharines.

“She’s alert and responsive and doing well right now,” Boctor said. “She’s a strong cat.”

The Humane Society is appealing to the public for information.

Cruelty to animals convictions carry a fine of up to $60,000 and up to two years in jail. A lifetime ban on owning pets may also be imposed.

Officials are still looking to find the owner of the cat.


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