Cat narrowly escapes death after being shot with a crossbow in Scottish town

A cat has faced a brush with death after it was stabbed in the neck with a bolt.

The poor animal was found by its owner after being the victim of a crossbow attack near its home in the Castle Avenue area of Motherwell on 10 December.

The 13-year-old pet, called Lola, was rushed to Brannock Veterinary Clinic in Newarthill, where the vets worked quickly to remove the bolt.

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Police are now trying to hunt down the animal abuser who could have killed Lola.

Lola at the Brannock Veterinary Clinic picture: supplied
Lola at the Brannock Veterinary Clinic picture: supplied

According to the clinic she is "very, very lucky to be alive”.

A spokeswoman for the vetenary practice said: “She was sedated, x-rayed and then the arrow removed.

"Her wounds were clipped up and cleaned to try and reduce the risk of infection and she is away home to be treated like a wee princess.

"She has well and truly earned that privilege.

"Lola’s owner has given us permission to post this warning to try to raise awareness of this happening in our area and also prevent another poor animal from this suffering.

"Lola is very, very lucky that the arrow penetrated skin and muscle but missed all major organs or body cavities.

"Lucky may be a strange choice of word but it could have been a very different outcome if the arrow had moved centimetres either way.”

A police spokesman said: "Around 9.45am on Friday, 11 December, we received a report that a cat had been seriously injured by a crossbow. The cat was found by its owner in the Castle Avenue area of Motherwell and the incident was believed to have happened on the evening of Thursday, 10 December.”

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