SOURCE: Spay Neuter Express

Spay Neuter Express

August 03, 2011 07:00 ET

Justice for Bow the Cat: Local Animal Clinic Offers Reward for Info Leading to Arrest for Cat Shot in Face With Arrow

LOWELL, MI--(Marketwire - Aug 3, 2011) - Bow the cat still has eight of his nine lives after being shot through the face with an arrow, and a western Michigan veterinarian is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the shooter. Bow was eventually transferred to the care of Dr. Bruce Langlois, the director of Spay Neuter Express, a mobile veterinarian who travels throughout Michigan, and owner and lead veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Lowell. Dr. Langlois administered post-operative care for the grey and white cat, which included inserting a tube through the wound to drain fluids, providing antibiotics -- and helping to obtain information on the perpetrator. The $500 reward is being offered out of the animal hospital's budget.

"Any type of animal cruelty is unacceptable," Langlois said, "but for someone to go out of their way to attack and shoot a cat through the face with an arrow is beyond reproach. It appears Bow is on his way to making a full recovery, and hopefully the reward will help ensure justice is on its way to being done."

Although the arrow that entered Bow's skull below his left eye socket and exited through his right shoulder has been removed and the cat is in recovery, he is not out of the woods just yet. Bow still has a tube running through the gaping wound to help drain any fluids, the injury still needs to heal, and infection is still a risk.

Bow is still alive due to the quick thinking and equally quick actions of a passerby found Bow wounded with the arrow not far from U.S. 31 and Burton Street. Bow was rushed for emergency care at Michigan Veterinary Services, where the arrow was removed and Bow was transferred to the Animal Hospital at Lowell.

After nearly a three-week stay at the animal clinic, Bow was temporarily adopted by a foster family who is continuing his care. The cat is being treated for the parasitic infections of toxoplsmosis and Coccidiosis while he completes his recovery. Bow will be available for permanent adoption once his wound fully heals and the threat of infections are gone.

The Animal Hospital at Lowell is affiliated with Spay Neuter Express, a mobile veterinarian that serves Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Alma, Ionia, Lansing, Allegan, Douglas and Everett. Dr. Langlois operates the Spay Neuter Express to help provide veterinary services to areas that may not be able to afford the fees at a full service animal clinic. Dr. Langlois is dedicated to the proper care and treatment of all animals, and the mobile vet service is evidence of that. The Lowell animal hospital owner is also not the only entity concerned about justice being done for Bow.

The Facebook page "Justice for Bow" has been created in Bow's honor, where concerned citizens can keep track of Bow's recovery. The Kent County Animal Shelter is also actively seeking information related to the attack on bow; the shelter can be reached at 616-632-7300. Concerned animal lovers can visit the Spay Neuter Express website, http://spayneuterexpress.com, to reach find out how to reach Dr. Langlois or to provide any information about Bow's attack.

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