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Cat shot by arrow reunited with owners

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A lost cat who was found with an arrow in her shoulder last week has been reunited with her human parents, the Humane Society of Jefferson County in southern Wisconsin announced July 7.

“Nationwide, only 3 to 4 percent of lost cats are reclaimed by their owners, so this is an unexpected and extremely pleasant surprise,” the humane society wrote on its Facebook page. “Abilene,” the name given to the calico before her owners were identified, “will feel much safer and less stressed in her own home, which should be very beneficial to her recovery.”

The wounded feline was discovered the night of July 1 in a resident’s garage in the city of Jefferson, about an hour west of Milwaukee. She was rushed to a local animal hospital for emergency care. She reportedly has experienced a significant amount of pain and swelling and received a large drain to remove fluid from her wound. She had no collar or microchip, but her owners were located when they "came to the shelter looking for her," said Lisa Patefield, the humane society's executive director.

The humane society said the shooting remains under investigation and that it is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible. The organization said it “is committed to finding her abuser.”

Anyone with information about shooting is asked to contact the Jefferson Police Department at 920-674-7707 or the humane society at 920-674-2048.

“The outpouring of concern has been overwhelming and we thank all the compassionate people who donated to help Abilene and/or contributed to her reward fund,” the humane society said.

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