LANSING, Mich. — Never mind the long surgical scar down his left side, the bandages around his midsection and the IV port taped to his right front leg.
“Booger” the cat, originally dubbed “Kitty,” was on the mend and greeting visitors at a south Lansing veterinary clinic on Wednesday, two days after a crossbow arrow was removed from his chest cavity. In fact, he was on his feet and eating just about everything within reach, staff said.
“He’s doing very well, a lot better than I would have expected,” veterinarian Mark Williamson said as Booger accommodated another photo session at Lansing Veterinary Medical Center.
Julia Willson, president and CEO of the Capital Area Humane Society, said donations to help with Booger’s veterinary care have been coming in from across the country.
“We’ve received about $2,300 to date,” Willson said on Wednesday afternoon. “We just got a donation from an attorney in Pennsylvania.”
The young male tabby was found hiding beneath a deck on Monday morning along Carlisle Highway in rural Eaton County, between Vermontville and Bellevue.
The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office said it was hit by a crossbow bolt fitted with a target tip. Booger’s owner is an elderly woman who cannot afford veterinary care, they said.
Rescuers initially feared the cat might lose a front limb, but the damage was not as severe as they first thought.
The bolt’s tip pierced the cat’s chest between its front legs and came out just behind the left shoulder, passing between two ribs and bruising the lungs, Williamson said.
“He’s pretty fortunate — not fortunate for what happened to him but fortunate that the damage wasn’t worse,” the vet said.
The Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot the feline.
Anyone with information about the shooting incident is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 543-3512 or a tip line at 543-5433. Tips can be left anonymously, officials said. Donations can be made to CAHS’s special care and cruelty fund.
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