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Local vet saves cat after vicious attack


By: Chris Cheng

TEMPLE – A Temple veterinarian is helping care for a cat after it was shot in the face with an arrow.

Dr. Keith Gudgel said when arrived at work on Monday a woman brought in an injured cat to the Temple Veterinary Hospital of Western Hills.

"I been in Temple for 22 years and doing this now for 42 years and I have not seen anything like that," Gudgel said.

The cat, better known as "Arrow Kitty Cat" now, had a full size arrow puncture its nose, go through its mouth and exit through its neck.

Vets at the Temple clinic believe "Arrow Kitty Cat" had the object stuck in her face since Friday, which kept her from being able eat or drink water.

"The kitty cat didn't look good, she probably had the arrow in her for a few days and was severely dehydrated and starving," Gudgel said.

After examining the blunt arrow tip and where it entered the cat, officials knew this was no accident.

"For this cat for this type of arrow to create this type of thing this was something that was intentionally done," Gudgel said.

Corporal Christopher Wilcox, with the Temple Police Department, said officers were not looking into the case because no one had filed a report.

Wilcox also noted that due to the randomness of the attack, they probably wouldn't be able to catch the person responsible.

Early Tuesday, Gudgel and his staff performed a 45 minute surgery and were able to safely remove the arrow from the cat.

The cat still has an open wound that the vets are flushing out to avoid infection and she is being fed through a feeding tube.

Gudgel said the feline will remain in their care for the next few days until she can eat and drink on her own.

"I think at this particular point, I have no reason to doubt that she is going to make a full recovery, she's made tremendous strides in the last 24 hours. She's had some rough times here recently but she's got some good times ahead of her," Gudgel said.

So far, several dozen people have come in to the Temple Veterinary Hospital of Western Hills to make donations and place their name on a list to adopt "Arrow Kitty Cat."

Gudgel and his staff said they believe they have already found the perfect home for the cat once she gets back on her paws.

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