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Beau survives arrow ordeal

RSPCA WA have confirmed they are chasing several leads after a cat was found with an arrow through the back of its head earlier this week.

The ginger tabby cat, believed to be a young adult roughly two to three years old, was found with the 75cm arrow lodged in its head by a member of the public on Withnell Drive.

The cat was taken to Ellenbrook VetWest, with an examination revealing the wound was infested with maggots.

The arrow was estimated to have been lodged in the cat’s head for up to two days.

RSPCA staff vets performed surgery to remove the arrow at their facility in Malaga and now the cat, dubbed Beau, is expected to make a full recovery.

An RSPCA spokesperson said that an investigation is underway, with several promising leads revealing themselves since the story was posted on the RSPCA WA Facebook page on Monday.

“We’ve had a lot of contact about this case, both through social media and through phone calls,” the spokesperson said.

“Several of those leads look very promising and we’ll be following them all up.”

The spokesperson said the story could have had a happier ending, had Beau been microchipped.

“This is obviously a well-looked after cat, it’s not malnourished and it’s well groomed.

“Had it been microchipped, the vet could have contacted the owners and they would have been reunited with their cat.

“It’s another reason why microchipping is so important, so if the animal does get injured there’s a point of contact for the owner.”

By Liam Ducey

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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