USPCA vets have saved the life of a cat shot with a crossbow in Newry just weeks after a similar incident in the city.
The lethal bolt struck the animal in the back missing its spine by millimetres.
Vets carried out a painstaking operation over two hours after the attack in the Derrybeg estate on Saturday.
A USPCA spokeswoman said it was only good fortune that none of its vital organs were punctured, and appealed for the public to be vigilant.
“We want to raise awareness. This is the second cat our vet has treated in the last couple of weeks. It was lucky it happened within the vicinity of our state-of-the-art animal hospital in Newry.”
She added: “After 12 hours we were happy that the cat was on the road to recovery and hopefully we will be able to reunite the cat with its owners in the next couple of days.”