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Arrow, cat shot by dozens of pellets, adopted

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(WJLA) - An Arlington cat shot by dozens of BB pellets earlier this year now has a new home. 

Arrow the tabby cat is a survivor, and a lover. 

“Now knowing what he’s been through we are shocked that he was that friendly in the beginning,” says Charnita Fox, an animal care manager at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. 

Arrow was found wandering the streets of Ballston in late January, and it was only arriving after at the Animal Welfare League that the staff discovered his body was littered with pellets. 

"There were some 60 pellets in the cat.  Twenty in the head and some of them are in different parts of the body,” says Neil Trent, AWLA president and CEO.

It’s still not clear who shot Arrow, or why they did it.

Arrow is now blind, and one eye was so damaged it had to be removed.

“He uses his ears a lot, so I’m pretty sure he’s keyed into sounds and smells,” Fox says.

A vet decided it would be best not to remove the pellets because surgery would create more trauma.

“The BB’s shouldn’t cause issues in the future because it seems to have healed and his blood work was actually normal,” says Amy Laferrera.

When local animal lovers learned about Arrow, at least 15 famlies called to adopt him.

“I just think our hearts naturally go out to the underdog, or undercat in this case," says Trent.

“I feel like I won the lottery! He’s a very special fellow,” says Anne Hancock, Arrow’s new owner.

Hancock has been adopting cats for decades.

“I had just lost a cat a few months back to cancer and my other two cats at home missed him,” she says.

It was a bittersweet day for the staff at AWLA. For the last few weeks, they’ve all bonded with Arrow. But after such a horror story, they're grateful he's getting a happy ending.

“We’re happy that he’s going to a home,” Fox says.

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