A volunteer with the nonprofit organization One More Chance C.A.T.S. happened to be walking along a trail in Nisson Park in Washington City, Utah when he spotted an injured animal.
She was just laying on the ground, hiding under a bush," said Candice Zook, a volunteer with One More Chance C.A.T.S., an animal rescue group that spays, neuters and provides emergency care for injured stray cats throughout Washington County.
She had been shot by an arrow that passed through her face and into her body. A veterinary technician at the Washington Family Veterinary Clinic said the arrow looked to be about two feet long.
“The arrow went in through her face to the left of her nose,” the technician said.
Initially, veterinarian Dr Jace King thought they would have to put the cat, described as a 1 year old lynx-point Siamese, down.
But an X-ray showed that the dart missed the cat’s vital organs, leaving her brain, heart and lungs, undamaged.
The arrow had gone through Quiver's head, passed through her esophagus, punctured a hole between her nasal passage and mouth, cut her tongue nearly in half and then came out of her shoulder blades.
The cat, named Quiver by the veterinary staff, underwent surgery to extract the arrow from her body.
Dr King sewed up the hole in her pierced palate and repaired the sliced tongue.
The sharp arrow left a half-inch diameter hole through Quiver’s nose and a wound in her esophagus, which was too deep for the doctors to patch up, forcing them to let it heal on its own.
Washington City police spokesman Ed Kantor reported that there were no suspects, and it's unclear whether someone shot the cat intentionally or recklessly.