Cat survives being shot with arrow in DeLand

2-year-old Reese recovering from injuries

DeLAND, Fla. – A cat is recovering from her injuries after someone shot her with a bow and arrow Sunday afternoon, and now, her owner is offering a reward to find the person who did it.

Owner Jane Morris said her 2-year-old calico cat Reese collapsed on her porch Sunday afternoon with an arrow protruding from near her neck and hind leg.

"The arrow missed all her major organs which is a miracle," Morris said.

Morris rushed the cat to DeLand Animal Hospital where a veterinarian told her that someone had intentionally shot Reese from the front. Although Morris said she filed a police report, no arrests have been made in the case.

The feline is back home recovering after Morris said the arrow broke her shoulder bone and arm at the shoulder.

Now, Morris is warning other pet parents that someone in the area of South Blue Lake Avenue and East Hubbard Avenue in DeLand is intentionally harming animals, and she's even offering a $200 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Morris said they've spent $800 so far on Reese's medical bills, which might continue to rise, with the possibility of losing her paw, but she said she's just thankful Reese is still alive.
"Pets are part of our family, you know, so we'll do what we can to save her," Morris said.

Morris said she won't know until next Thursday if Reese can keep her paw or if it will have to be amputated.

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