Kim Baker with a recovering Mia.
Kim Baker with a recovering Mia.

Cat shot with arrow

POLICE and the RSPCA are investigating after a pet cat was shot with an arrow.

The incident occurred between 6.50pm and 7.50pm in Camden Way, Maroochydore, on Monday.

Mia, the five-year-old Burmese cat, will survive.

The arrow missed her bones or vital organs.

The arrow pierced layers of her skin.

Mia was fed by her owner, Kim Baker, at 6.50pm. Mrs Baker noticed something was wrong when the cat was struggling to get in through the dog door an hour later.

"Initially I thought it was a branch she had on her back that was stopping her from getting in," Mrs Baker said. "It was only when I took a closer look that I realised it was an arrow."

Mrs Baker called Pet E.R. at Tanawha and was told to leave the arrow and bring the cat in.

"They were wonderful, they had to sedate her first and then cut the arrow to remove it as they were worried about her bleeding out," she said.

Mia was able to go home early yesterday morning, but the vet bills are far from over.

"They have a big drain through her," Mrs Baker said.

"It is really dangerous that someone has been shooting something like that in a residential area."

RSPCA investigator Julia Steley said the maximum punishment for an animal cruelty offence had been increased from $75,000 to $300,000 with the possibility of two years' imprisonment. "Not that anyone gets that," she said.

Ms Steley said cases of animal cruelty were increasing.

The RSPCA recorded 700 complaints of animal cruelty in the region in the last financial year.

Most occurred in a person's backyard, "except when it comes to cats". "Cats are the ones when one someone else commits cruelty to them," Ms Steley said.

Ms Steley said it was "horrific" to think someone was running around suburbia with a bow and arrow. She urged anyone with information to contact the RSPCA on 1300 852188.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beattie said it was hard to catch culprits when it came to animal cruelty as "animals can't talk - they need someone who has seen something to speak up for them".

A police spokesman said one did not need a permit to own a bow and arrow. "It's not illegal, but you can't use it for malicious intent," he said.

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