Girl screams when she spots beloved pet cat with arrow shot through its neck

A family was distraught to find their beloved pet cat with an arrow through her neck.

Lola had to be rushed to the vet for life-saving surgery after she was used as target practice by a cruel animal abuser.

Brannock Veterinary Surgery in Newarthill, Scotland shared the harrowing images of the 13-year-old puss with her horrendous injury in a bid to warn others of the cruel act, the Daily Record reports

The vets received a call just before closing time on Thursday night from the cat's owner, Cheryl Coventry of Holytown, who had returned home to find Lola with an arrow lodged in her neck.

Cheryl explained: "I have two cats and they don't normally go out and about during the winter months, but this day they both did.

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"It must have happened between 3pm and 5:30pm and it was my oldest daughter that first spotted something was wrong.

"She spotted her outside, although it was dark, and let out a scream that I will never forget.

"Lola didn't seem to be bothered by it, and at first I wasn't sure what was round her neck. I thought it was maybe a cable tie from the garden as I have them outside holding down the trees.

"But when I looked further and noticed it was an arrow we quickly tried to calm the kids down and phoned the vet.

"The vets definitely think it's been a deliberate act and we have both now contacted the police and the SSPCA."

Lola was taken to surgery, sedated, x-rayed and then the arrow was removed.

Brannock Vets said: "Tonight, just before we closed, we received a phone call to say that an owner had come home to find their cat with an arrow through their neck.

"We were really saddened and disappointed to see this little girl with exactly that. Sometimes we like to get it wrong.

"It is hard to believe that someone could do this to a defenceless animal and I would urge all pet owners to be vigilant with their own pets and also any wildlife in their area.

"No animal deserves to be treated like this. This has been reported to the police and the SSPCA and we will assist with any and all enquiries."

Lola is now back home after her ordeal and is recovering.

Brannock Vets continued: "Her wounds were clipped up and cleaned to try and reduce the risk of infection and she is away home to be treated like a wee princess.

"Lola is very, very lucky that the arrow penetrated skin and muscle but missed all major organs or body cavities.

"Lucky may be a strange choice of word but it could have been a very different outcome if the arrow had moved centimetres either way."

"I just want to warn others in the area that this happened and to try and prevent another poor animal suffering in this way," Cheryl added.

"Holytown is a small place and someone must know something."

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