RIVERVIEW, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A Florida woman said her family's cat is recovering after she was found in a neighbor's yard with an arrow through her head.
Tyra Bulluck, 40, of Riverview, said her family's cat, Akila, got out of the house Tuesday and after several hours of searching the family found the missing feline in a neighbor's yard with the top of her head pierced by an arrow.
Bullock took Akila to the Animal Coalition of Tampa, where veterinarians conducted emergency surgery to remove the 7-inch arrow. The operation lasted for about 45 minutes and the 6 1/2 year old white calico sphinx was declared well enough to go home.
"I've seen some terrible things in all my years working rescue, but not like this. This is probably one of the worst," Animal Coalition of Tampa spokeswoman Karen Hubby told Sky News.
The arrow was turned over to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, which said the item will be tested for fingerprints and DNA to identify the arrow shooter.