Cat Recovering After Being Shot By Arrow

Tennessee man faces animal cruelty charges for wounding 3-year-old Siamese mix.

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A 3-year-old Siamese mix named Stitch is recovering at her owners home in Clarksville, Tenn., after she was shot by an arrow from a compound bow.

The man accused of shooting Stitch, neighbor Joseph Gonzalez, was cited with animal cruelty. Gonzalez reportedly told Clarksville police that Stitch was  chasing his pet chicken. So far, Gonzalez has declined to comment to the media.

The arrow penetrated the cats body on one side near her shoulders, just above her spine and lodged in her upper torso after piercing the opposite side of her body.

Stitchs owner, Jason Martin, took Stitch to a 24-hour veterinarian's office, where the tabby was sedated and the arrow was removed. A drainage tube was inserted in the wound, and the cat was prescribed a round of antibiotics and painkillers.

The arrow grazed across her back and  fractured one of the felines vertebrae. If it had been about a quarter-inch or  lower, it could have embedded in her spine or lungs, or it could have broken her back, according to Martin.

Gonzalez is scheduled to appear June 9 in General Sessions court.

Posted: May 20, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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Jackie    Indianapolis, IN

7/1/2008 6:42:13 PM

Someone should shoot him with a bow and arrow. People are such jerks to animals.

Laura    Olive Branch, MS

3/7/2008 11:39:09 AM

As with other animal cruelty sentences, this idiot will get a slap on the hand and sent on his way to do it again. You shoot a person with an arrow and they will do jail time. It would be nice if the punishment actually fit the crime.

kiraz    sandwich, MA

6/14/2007 9:49:45 PM

I think i would make cat food from all his chickens if he shot my cat!

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