BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information that may lead to animal cruelty convictions for whoever shot a kitten in the face with a crossbow arrow last week.
According to a Facebook post by the Idaho Humane Society, a Boise resident reported seeing a white and orange cat with what appeared to be a pencil sticking out of its eye on Monday, Oct. 26. Humane Officers responded to the call, reducing the cat and taking them to their Shelter Medical Center for treatment.
The object lodged in the cat's skull was identified as a crossbow arrow by a veterinarian who examined the animal. The arrow went through the cat's eye, and an x-ray showed that it somehow did not hit its brain.
The bolt was removed from the cat's skull while it was under anesthesia. According to the humane society, the cat was also treated with pain medications, antibiotics and IV fluids.
By the next morning, the cat was rubbing up to staff members, purring.
The cat had to undergo further surgery to remove the remains of the ruptured eye.
"He is a sweet boy who deserves a loving home. Animal cruelty is not something we take lightly," the Idaho Humane Society wrote. "We are offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information leading to a conviction for cruelty on whoever perpetrated this barbaric act."
The cat is between one and two years old and is mostly white with orange patches of fur.
The Idaho Humane Society asks anyone with information about the cat's identity or whoever shot it with a crossbow to contact the shelter at email@example.com.