I could never in a million, billion years abuse an animal. I don’t care what excuse someone comes up with for abusing one, it’s completely unacceptable and evil in my book. For one feral kitten approximately twelve weeks of age, one of her nine lives was stripped from her after being shot in the face with a 6″ plastic arrow. Thankfully for her, someone was able to safely capture her and take her straight over to a veterinarian. After about an hour long surgery, the sweet little kitten was able to have the arrow removed from her face.
She’s expected to make a full recovery, but justice needs to be served to whoever committed this heinous act of animal cruelty. The kitten is currently recovering at Gulf Coast Veterinary Center in Tampa, Florida, and veterinarian Ronald Hamilton told local news that:
“It took us maybe about an hour, maybe an hour and a half to get all the things repaired….The dart managed to miss everything vital. It didn’t hit the major jugular here, it missed the esophagus as well which is phenomenal, and it doesn’t seem like there is any nerve damage. So, this kitty cat is extremely, extremely lucky, extremely lucky.”
Based on this poor kitten’s wounds, it appears that the attack was deliberate and not by accident.
Watch the video here on this heartbreaking story, courtesy of Fox 13 Tampa Bay News…
The kitten is being fostered through St. Francis Society Animal Rescue, and she’s been named Maid Marian in a nod to Robin Hood. St. Francis Society Animal Rescue posted an update on little Miss Marian yesterday, and it appears she’s doing well despite her recent trauma:
Guess who woke up from surgery HUNGRY?! Maid Marian says thank you to all of her followers who sent her well wishes during her surgery. They worked!! (The plate on her head acts as a soft cone. FYI, the squeamish photos are at the end.)
Our amazing friends at Gulf Coast Veterinary Center Tampa worked very hard to repair our girl’s pallet, sinus cavity and open neck wounds. The doctor is hopeful, but remains cautious, that this will be the only surgery Maid Marian needs. The next few days will be critical to see how her body reacts to the surgery and infection, as well as if she can continue eating food with her repaired pallet. If all goes well, we are hopeful she can go to her foster home in the next few days.
We also have another good piece of information to share with you. Florida Voices for Animals is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for Maid Marian’s assault! Again, if anyone has any information, please contact Hillsborough County Animal Services at 813-744-5660. Let’s catch this person before another animal suffers!
Whoever did this must be brought to justice so that cruel attacks against animals do not happen again by their hands. Here’s to hoping Maid Marian never has to experience anything like this ever again, and that the evil person who did this to her is caught and convicted of this terrible crime.