Stray cat recovering after being shot by arrow in North Bergen

Authorities say they want to know who injured a stray cat found with an arrow through his body.



The arrow struck the cat, known as Sparky, in the left shoulder area. The tip went through his left flank, leaving the shaft in his body.



A North Bergen woman who often feeds Sparky and other strays found him injured last week and took him to a veterinarian, who removed the arrow. Doctors say the arrow didn't pierce any vital organs and narrowly missed the cat's chest cavity, adding that Sparky is "fortunate" to be alive and appears to be doing well.



Officials say it's not clear when the cat was wounded or how long the arrow was in its body.



Once Sparky recovers, he will be taken in by an adoptive family in Illinois, according to a GoFundMe page set up pay for his medical care.



The Animal Clinic of Bayonne estimates it will cost between $1,400 and $1,650 for Sparky's care, according to the page. Over $2,500 has already been raised.



Anyone who might have any information about the incident is asked to call North Bergen police.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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