Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

January 11, 2014

Local feline avoids cat-astrophe

Survives possible act of animal cruelty

By Boris Ladwig Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – Two Decatur County residents reacted with disbelief when their grandchildren stormed into their house to tell them that one of the couple’s cats had been shot with a crossbow.

Mary Cornett, 78, who lives on the north side of Westport with her husband, Ralph, 81, said that she initially thought some kids were playing a prank on her, as the incident happened around Halloween, but when she saw the bloodied cat and a crossbow bolt sticking through its shoulder, she could not believe what she was seeing.

“I was just so shocked,” Cornett said.

Cornett said she initially thought the couple was going to have to euthanize the cat because the couple live on Social Security and do not have extra money to spare for an expensive medical procedure. But her daughter-in-law, Trina Cornett, thought to contact a neighbor, Kate Goodfellow, who works as a veterinary assistant at Animal Medical Hospital, at 204 E. 10th St. in Greensburg.

Goodfellow said that much to her surprise, the black-and-white domestic shorthair cat escaped severe injuries to vital organs and bones. The bolt had struck the cat in the left shoulder and exited just over the right shoulder blade. A bolt is the munition utilized in a crossbow.

Godfellow said she removed the bolt fairly easily, cleaned the wound and then got a prescription for antibiotics from her employer. She kept the animal hospitalized for a week to keep it medicated. Trina Cornett then kept the cat in her heated garage for some time, before giving it back to its owners, who have two other cats.

Before the incident, Mary Cornett had given the cat the unfortunate name Target, because it had a grey spot of fur on one side that looked like a target.

“Now I call him Lucky T,” she said.

These days, Lucky T spends most of his time on the front porch, watching birds.

“We’re glad to see him back home,” Cornett said. “He is such a loving cat.”

Animal cruelty is a Class A misdemeanor that can carry a prison term of up to 1 year.

Goodfellow said the Cornetts declined to contact police, wanting to focus instead on caring for Lucky T, but she asked that people refrain from such acts of lawlessness and cruelty.

“Somebody loves these animals,” Goodfellow said. “These animals aren’t out there just to be abused.”

Contact: Boris Ladwig 812-663-3111 x 7401; boris.ladwig@greensburgdailynews.com