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New Iberia family pet survives attack with bow and arrow, suspect sought by police

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New Iberia, La. -

A New Iberia cat was shot with a bow and arrow and survived. The Humane Society of Louisiana (HSL) is offering a reward for information on the attack.

Sox, a friendly 3-year-old black, and white feline was shot with a bow and arrow Saturday night, November 11, between 10: 00 and 10: 30 pm, according to her owners, Rickie Decuir and Christine Mahoney. The couple lives in the 4200 block Northside Rd. in New Iberia.

The arrow entered above Sox's top left shoulder came out and re-entered on her left side and the shaft finally exited through her backside, narrowly missing her major organ and arteries, according to a spokesman for the Humane Society.  Sox is being treated at the Dupuy Veterinary Hospital in New Iberia. With the discount, it usually gives to charitable rescue organizations, Sox's surgery is expected to only cost $400 and the Humane Society is hoping to raise most of the funds to help out the couple.

"After being shot, Sox crawled up the outside steps onto the porch and cried at the door with the arrow shot through her. We didn't know how she made it home. It was a miracle. We are traumatized, fearful and in awe that someone would actually do this to any animal. We do not seek revenge of any kind but would be so grateful if the person or persons involved would come forward," says Mahoney.

"We are amazed and grateful that little Sox survived such an attack,  and we are hopeful that the sheriff's department's investigation will lead to the arrest of the person(s) responsible. It is a senseless act of cruelty," adds Jeff Dorson, HSL Director.

The Humane Society hopes to raise the $400 needed to pay for Sox's surgery through its social media channels. Donations can be made online through the group's website at www.humanela.org, sent by mail to the Humane Society of Louisiana, P.O. Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174 or dropped off to the Dupuy Veterinary Hospital. Contributions made to the Humane Society are tax-deductible; those made directly for Sox's care to the Dupuy Veterinary Hospital are not.

The Humane Society is also offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Those with tips or leads are encouraged to contact the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office.  

The group also intends to distribute reward fliers in the vicinity where Sox was shot.

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