Cat shot in the face with an arrow

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(Monmouth County Prosecutor/Howell Police Department)

Authorities in New Jersey are looking for whoever shot a cat with an arrow this week.

Officers responding to a call about an injured animal found the wounded cat on Casino Drive at about 6:15 p.m. on Monday, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

The cat had been shot in the face with an arrow, the Monmouth County SPCA said. The officers brought the cat to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital to have the arrow removed.

After undergoing surgery, the cat was brought to the SPCA's shelter to recover. The SPCA staff have named him Kitty Luck.

"Kitty is doing well and relaxing comfortably in our care after being subjected to this horrible act of cruelty," the SPCA wrote on Facebook.

Investigators believe the cat is a local stray who was well cared for by residents and that the arrow came from a small hand-held crossbow, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

If you know anything about this incident, you can contact either the MCPO animal cruelty hotline at 877-898-7297 or Howell Municipal Humane Law Enforcement at 732-922-0100.