Santa Cruz cat returns home with arrow in head

Max the cat with arrow in his head (Courtesy of the Santa Cruz Sentinel)

April 13, 2011 5:58:41 AM PDT
A Santa Cruz family got quite a shock when the family cat returned home with an arrow sticking out of its head.

Nancy Paquin says her cat Max is recuperating after surgery at a veterinary hospital. She says except for a hole through Max's ear, the 3-year-old housecat is doing really well.

Santa Cruz animal officials said the cat was shot with a 12 inch arrow, possibly from a crossbow. It went through one ear and into the base of his head.

Officials are searching the neighborhood trying to identify a possible suspect. They say the person responsible could face criminal animal abuse charges.