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.